Election day is finally upon us and it’s time to get out and vote.
More than 170,000 voters in Knox County have already cast their ballots, a record performance that shattered early voting and absentee votes from previous elections.
Premier races for the day include, of course, the Presidential and U.S. Senate races to fill outgoing Sen. Lamar Alexander’s, R-Tenn., seat. Other races to watch include U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville, facing Democratic challenger Renee Hoyos for a second time. There are charter amendments on the ballot. Also the state house race between Democrat Virginia Couch and Republican Eddie Mannis will be one on the radar.
A total of 171,592 voters in Knoxville and Knox County cast ballots during the early voting period with 153,197 casting early votes and 18,395 going the absentee route.
In comparison, during the 2016 presidential election, 133,723 early voted and votes cast 5,124 absentee ballots. In 2012, there were 109,415 early votes with 4,982 absentee ballots cast.
Stay tuned as Hard Knox Wire will post a wrap up of local elections later tonight.