Extended early voting hours bring 727 to the polls, numbers only slightly ahead of 2010 for 1st 4 days

With extended early voting hours offered in three locations Wednesday, Dickson County saw its biggest single-day turnout so far. The Dickson County Election Office reports 727 voters cast their ballots Wednesday, pushing the county total to 1,901 for the first five days. That means in just five days turnout in Dickson County has already exceeded the total two-week early voting turnout of 1,757 the county saw prior to the August 2012 election. A comparison of the first four days of early voting across Tennessee for 2014 and 2010 released Wednesday by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office shows Dickson County just slightly ahead of the pace from four years ago. Through Tuesday, Dickson County had 1,174 early ballots cast, just 16 more compared to 1,158 for the same period in 2010, an increase of 1.4 percent. Across Tennessee, 144,299 early ballots had been cast through Tuesday, which the office reported is 19,089 more than the same period in 2010 for a 15 percent increase overall. Early voting in Dickson County continues 8 am-4 pm Thursday at the election office in Charlotte only. Early voting Friday will be 8 am-4 pm in Charlotte and at the Restoration Church in Dickson and then 9 am-noon Saturday in Charlotte, Dickson and at White Bluff Town Hall. Early voting ends Aug. 2 and election day is Aug. 7.