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Early voting turnout in Sullivan County opens strong

April 20th, 2014 8:16 pm by J. H. Osborne

Early voting turnout in Sullivan County opens strong

BLOUNTVILLE — Early voting turnout for May 6 party primaries in Sullivan County is off to a record start, Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher said Thursday.

Early voting for the Democratic and Republican party primaries, including most elected offices in Sullivan County government, began Wednesday at the Sullivan County Election Office in Blountville.

"The first day of early voting went extremely well," Booher wrote in an email after close of polls that day. "Let me first thank all of you who campaigned at the election office today for helping us maintain safety and provide ample parking for voters."

Booher said on the first day of early voting for the last similar primaries, in 2010, a total of 159 voters cast their ballot.

This past Wednesday, the total ballots cast more than doubled, to 408 (391 in the Republican primary — in which at least two major races will be decided due to no candidates running as Democrats or independents — and 17 in the Democratic primary).

On Thursday, the second day of early voting, the turnout again exceeded twice that of 2010, Booher said.

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