A total of approximately 12,000 voters, 3,000 more than the last mid-term election four years ago, took advantage of early voting, said Becky Harrell, Blount County elections administrator.
At a little after 8 p.m., with the polls closing in Blount County, the Blount County Election Commission released the totals from Early Voting. The numbers below represent the machine totals only and do not include those who voted early using paper ballots.
In the race for Maryville City Council, where the top three will be elected:
Grant Cash -- 493
Tommy Hunt --1,740
Ron Ivens -- 1,295
Fred Metz -- 976
Darrell Tipton -- 1,152
Andy White -- 1,468
On the Alcoa referendum to allow package stores:
For -- 507
Against -- 308
In Townsend, For sale of alcohol by the drink:
No -- 25
In the Louisville mayor's election:
Geraldine Anderson -- 116
Lynn Robert -- 108
In the Louisville election for alderman, where the top two vote
getters will be elected:
Bob Gormley -- 96
Bill Marcus -- 91
Mark Thurston -- 104
Rob Tingle -- 116
In Blount County, the race for U.S. Senate:
Bob Corker -- 6,653
Ford -- 4,199
Bredesen -- 7,558
Bryson -- 3,273
It didnt appear the rain had kept anyone away from the polls. If Blount County Elections administrator Becky Harrell didnt know any better, it would appear this was a presidential election, not a mid-term vote.
"Weve been extremely busy for a non-presidential year," she
said. "Were real happy. I dont know if its the
amendments or the senate race or the Alcoa liquor referendum as well as
a liquor vote in Townsend."
When it rains fewer voters turn out, "but not today," she said. According to Harrell, it appeared this was going to be an election with a high number of voters when there were 3,000 more early voters (12,000) than in the last mid-term election four years ago.
Harrell said the approximately 300 elections workers and volunteers have been busy. "Theyre busy, real busy," she said of workers at the 51 precincts. "Its moving pretty swiftly. Phone calls coming in are people who dont know what precinct to go to."
Harrell said at about 5 p.m. today she didnt expect the vote
count to go any later than about 9 p.m. "I hope its not long
unless theres mechanical problems," he said.
Harrell said election day is usually a long, 16-hour day. This will be the last long election day Harrell will work as administrator. After 22 years with the office and 21 years as administrator, shell retire in two weeks. Libby Breeding of Blount County will replace her.
"Ive been so busy, Ive havent had time to think about it, but election night is exciting," she said.
Blount Today will update voter totals as we get them from the election commission.