Less than six percent of Dickson County’s registered voters took advantage of the early voting period that ended Saturday. According to the Dickson County Election Office, 1,757 early and absentee ballots were cast during the two-week period prior to Thursday’s election, with almost half of the votes coming in the last four days. A late rush saw 830 votes, or 47 percent of the total turnout, cast Wednesday through Saturday of last week. While early voting across the state set a record for the fall primary in a presidential election year at over 300,000 ballots, early voting in Dickson County was less than half of the turnout seen in August 2010 when there were several contested local races. Over 5,000 early votes were cast two years ago when most county offices were on the ballot. Of the Dickson County voters casting early ballots, 55.8 percent voted in the Republican primary and 40.5 percent chose the Democratic races. Voter turnout was heavier in Cheatham County, which comprises the new 78th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives along with the eastern half of Dickson County. Cheatham County saw 2,606 early votes with 68.4 percent choosing the Republican primary. Election day is Thursday with polls open 7 am-7 pm across the county.