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Early voting numbers high, general election Thursday

Nearly 7,000 Washington County residents cast their ballots during the early voting period, which ran from July 16 until July 31.
According to the Tennessee Department of State, 6,812 voters filed through the three early voting locations in the county to vote in the August General Election during the early voting period.
The busiest day for voting was Friday, when 840 people came to cast their ballots.
Election Administrator Connie Sinks said early voting numbers were up compared to past elections.
She credited the increase to voters getting used to the “convenience” of being able to vote early and not have to wait in long lines on election day.
While voting was steady, lines moved quickly for the most part during the early voting period, Sinks said.
Sinks expects to see a total of 25 percent of registered voters come out to the polls, a relatively high turnout for an August election, she said.
On Thursday, the general election will officially take place, giving voters the opportunity to elect officials in several offices including commissioners and school board members at the county level and the Republican candidates for governor on the state level.
For immediate voting results, visit www.heraldand tribune.com Thursday evening and look for a complete wrap up of the election in the Aug. 10 edition of the Herald & Tribune.