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TN Early Voting Turnout Down from 2008 Record

The final day of the early voting period proved to be the highest single-day turnout of the year across the state of Tennessee with more than 134,000 individuals casting their ballots Thursday, reports the News Sentinel.
The turnout of 1,456,824 voters ranks as the second-highest for early voting in state history, falling 59,207 ballots short of 2008’s presidential election total of 1,516,031 and exceeding 2004’s by more than a quarter million votes.
“I am extremely pleased with the success of early voting for this important election,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett in a statement. State officials noted that only 188 provisional ballots were used in all 95 counties as a result of voters appearing without a photo ID. Hargett urged voters who had not yet voted to do so.
“County election officials are now finalizing preparations for Election Day, and I encourage all eligible voters who have not cast their ballots yet to take advantage of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday,” Hargett said.

TN Had Second Lowest Voter Turnout in Nation Last Year

Tennessee had the second-lowest voter turnout rate in the nation in last November’s congressional election, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released Wednesday and reported by The Tennessean.
Just 37.7 percent of Tennessee citizens over 18 voted. Only Texas, with 36.4 percent, had a lower rate.
Last year’s state rate is also the lowest in a congressional election since 1998. More than 45 percent of Tennesseans voted in 2006 and 2002.
The figures are estimates taken from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.
Bruce Oppenheimer, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University, says the state’s low 2010 turnout can be explained by a lack of high-profile, closely contested races.
“We had a very noncompetitive gubernatorial race, and we didn’t have a U.S. Senate race last year, so we were largely depending on the middle of the ticket to drive interest for the top of the ticket, and that doesn’t happen very often,” he said.
Oppenheimer said races were competitive in just two congressional districts — the 4th District represented by Rep. Scott DesJarlais and the 8th District represented by Rep. Stephen Fincher.
Census Bureau surveys dating back to 1990 show Tennessee has consistently ranked lower than most states in congressional election turnout. It has numbered among the bottom 15 in all but the 2002 election.