Early voting for the March 6 election brought a robust turnout with Warren County voters flocking to the polls to decide what will happen to the wheel tax and who will represent their various parties for offices ranging from property assessor to president of the United States.
“It’s been really good for a primary year,” said election administrator Donna Smith, noting more people voted early this election than voted during the entire primary election four years ago. “Of course this year we have a contested property assessor election and a wheel tax referendum, plus we’ve had some really good weather.”
By the end of early voting Tuesday, 3,084 people had cast their ballots during the early balloting option with twice as many voting in the Democratic primary for property assessor than voted in the Republican primary for U.S. President.
Warren County was one of only seven counties out of the 95 in Tennessee where the Democratic vote outnumbered those voting in the Republican primary for president.
An 11-person race for the Democratic nomination for property assessor was likely a major contributor to the large Democratic primary vote since incumbent President Barrack Obama had no opposition in his primary.
The next and last chance to vote in this election will be March 6 when polls around the county are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.