Early voting started Wednesday in Anderson County, and close to 800 residents cast ballots in the first two days, according to WYSH Radio in Clinton.
The early voting is for the May 6 Democratic and Republican primaries in Anderson County.
WYSH said 410 people voted Wednesday, and 378 voted Thursday. The two-day total was 788.
The Republican primary has been more popular, with 645 votes cast so far. That primary features four contested races: mayor, sheriff, chancellor, and juvenile court judge. About 82 percent of the ballots cast have been in the GOP primary.
There is only one contested race in the Democratic primary, and that’s for juvenile court judge. One hundred forty-three voters, or about 18 percent of them, cast ballots in the Democratic primary on Wednesday and Thursday, WYSH said.
The radio station said the 410 votes on the first day of early voting on Wednesday was up from 180 first-day votes in the last county primary in 2010. Turnout on Wednesday was highest at the Clinton Community Center, where 164 people voted. Eighty-eight people voted at the Midtown Community Center in Oak Ridge, and 65 people cast ballots at the North Anderson Government Office in the Anderson Crossing Shopping Center.
You can vote weekdays at all three locations from 10 am to 6 pm and on each of the next two Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon. Early voting concludes on May 1st. For more information, visit www.acelect.com or call (865) 457-6238.
You can read more about the candidates and the races in the 2014 Election section on Oak Ridge Today.
Here are a few more pictures of supporters and their signs from early voting on Wednesday and Friday: