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Friday is final full day of early voting; statewide turnout down 25 percent compared to 2018

Friday is the final full day of early voting that remains for the upcoming Aug. 4 election in Coffee County, with a half day available for voters to head to the polls on Saturday, July 30.

An additional 392 voters went to the polls on Wednesday, July 27, bringing the total of early votes cast to 3,837. Of those, 1,706 are rural county voters, 1,354 are Tullahoma voters and 777 are from Manchester. This makes about 10.84 percent of registered voters who have voted early.

July 18 has been the heaviest day of early voting so far, with 535 total votes cast on that day.

When compared to the general election turnout in 2018, Coffee County has had an 18% drop off in votes cast through early voting to date.

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That is par for the course across the state of Tennessee. When compared to 2018 turnout, nearby Warren County is 10 percent lower, Bedford County has seen a 54 percent drop-off, Moore County is down 25 percent and Cannon county is down 21 percent. Statewide, turnout is down 25.4 percent. Nearby Franklin County is one of the few counties with an increase in voter turnout, up nearly 4 percent, and Grundy County is up 23 percent versus 2018.

Those interested in voting early only have two days to do so – full day Friday and half a day on Saturday.

Early voting in Manchester is at the Coffee County Election Commission, located at 1329 McArthur St. Suite 6. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 to noon on Saturday through July 30.

Meanwhile, in Tullahoma early voting is at the CD Stamps Center at 810 South Jackson St. Hours are 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday through July 30.

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If you do not vote early, you may vote at your assigned precinct on Thursday, August 4. Polls will be open on election day until 7 p.m.

“Coffee County voters need to be aware that the August ballot is longer than we normally see and will take additional time to complete,” said Coffee County Elections Administrator Andy Farrar. “In this election you’ll have the opportunity to choose which candidates will advance to the general election in November, to retain or replace judges and elect Circuit and General Session Court Judges, District Attorney, Public Defender, County Mayor, County Commissioners, Sheriff, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, Circuit Court Clerk, Road Superintendent, Road Commissioners, School Board, Constables, Manchester City Mayor, Alderman and School Board, City of Tullahoma Alderman and School Board .”

Coffee County voters are encouraged to review their sample ballot before they head to the polls. Reviewing your ballot and deciding how you will vote can reduce your time at the polls.

“With the longer ballot in this election, I encourage Coffee County voters to make your voice heard during our state’s generous early voting period,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  “Casting your ballot early and reviewing your ballot before you go can reduce the amount of time it takes to vote.”

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CLICK HERE to see a full sample ballot for the Aug. 4 election.

On election night (Aug. 4), Thunder Radio will broadcast live returns from the Coffee County Election Commission office beginning at 7 p.m. Tune in at 107.9 FM, 1320 AM, 106.7 FM, Manchester Go app and thunder1320.com

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