Early voting underway in Tennessee

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - Early voting for the May primary kicked off today in Tennessee.

There was a lot of activity at the Election Commission in Blountville Wednesday afternoon.

There were plenty of campaigners and election officials say about a hundred people had cast ballots by around noon.

Election officials in Sullivan County say Blountville is the only place you can early vote until next week -- when two more locations will open on April 24.

When turnout is light--when you only have 5 to 6,000 people, it does cost a considerable amount of money to run an early voting location--especially a satellite location, so we will open up the full schedule for all 3 locations in August and November but not in the May county primary," said Sullivan County Election Commissioner Jason Booher.

Sullivan County Election Commissioner Jason Booher says about 15 percent of the county's 90,000 registered voters will likely take part in the primary.

Early voting starts Thursday, April 24 in Kingsport at the Civic Auditorium and in Bristol at the Armory.

In Washington County, voters can now cast early ballots in Jonesborough, Johnson City, and Gray.

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