Election officials report large turnouts on Day 1 of early voting

(WSMV) – Election officials reported large turnouts on Day 1 of early voting in Tennessee.

In Nashville/Davidson County, 12,899 votes were cast on Day 1.

12,899 votes were cast during the first day of <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EarlyVoting?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EarlyVoting</a>. Tomorrow, all 13 sites will be open from 8am – 7pm. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/VOTE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#VOTE</a>&mdash; Davidson County Elections (@DavidsonVotes) <a href=”https://twitter.com/DavidsonVotes/status/1316519329098354691?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a>

Officials tell News4 the total amount of votes cast on Day 1 of early voting in 2020 surpassed the total amount of votes on Day 1 in 2016.

Wilson County also reported a record-breaking first day of early voting.

With five early voting locations opened throughout the county, election officials averaged voting eight voters per minute all day long.

Day 1 saw 4,793 votes in Wilson County, up from 3,459 votes on the first day of early voting in 2016. The amount of votes who voted at each Wilson County early voting location is below:

Election Commission Office Lebanon – 1,109Mt. Juliet Community Center – 1,606Watertown Community Center – 316Gladeville Community Center – 773Lighthouse Church Mt. Juliet – 741Absentee/mail-in – 248

Long lines were also reported in Sumner County.

“I’ve been chomping at the but to get to vote,” one voter in Hendersonville said. “I’ve voted since I was 18-years-old. I’m 58 and this is the longest I’ve ever seen it, especially early.”

Rutherford County also reported a large turnout at their polling locations. While the election commission did not send out any numbers, they did, however, tweet that early voting locations had to have hours extended and even additional locations had to open to cope with the crowd size.

Thank you for your patience today!!! First day turnout has been overwhelming. Increasing to 9 early voting locations and extended hours can’t contain the enthusiasm l!&mdash; RuCo Election Office (@RuCoElections) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RuCoElections/status/1316401486566481921?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a>