Reflecting an early voting surge statewide, 16,058 Davidson County voters took to the polls during the county’s two-week early voting period in advance of Aug. 2, smashing figures from comparable elections.
“It’s more than we expected,” Davidson County Elections Administrator Albert Tieche said, adding that the 16,000-plus voters represent approximately 5 percent of the county’s electorate.
Early voting concluded Saturday.
Tieche said turnout in Davidson County for comparable August party primaries — which also includes Metro school board races — had been approximately 8 percent overall, of which 3 percent vote early.
“That makes us think that we’re going to get a bigger turnout than we normally have gotten for this election and this cycle,” he said.
In 2008, the last August primary that took place during a presidential election year, 6,172 people voted early in Davidson County. In 2004, only 2,886 did.
Those elections, like this one, lacked high-profile or heavily contested statewide primaries. In addition to primaries for state House, Senate and U.S. congress, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 includes Metro school board races in districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, as well as other Metro offices.
Across Tennessee, 326,786 people voted early for the Aug. 2 election. The previous early vote high for this particular election cycle had been 206,147 Tennesseans, set in 2008.