As of 11 a.m. Friday, with nearly a week remaining in the early voting period, 4,516 Bedford County citizens had voted in the November presidential election.
"It's heavy," said Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette.
By comparison, the total voter turnout -- early plus election day -- was 13,622 in the 2004 presidential election and 13,144 in 2000. The county's record total early voting turnout was 5,709 in 2004.
Early voting will continue through Thursday in the basement of the county courthouse.
Although there have been lines for early voting, Leverette said they move swiftly and most voters have waited no more than "five minutes, tops." She said she still believes that early voting will turn out to be a timesaver compared to going to a local precinct on Election Day, especially if the heavy early vote is an indicator of a heavy Election Day vote.
"We're expecting lines" on Election Day, said Leverette.
In addition to the presidential election, the ballot includes U.S. Senate, U.S. House, State Senate and State House races, as well as a Third District county commission seat and city elections in Shelbyville, Wartrace and Normandy.
This is the first year in which Shelbyville voters have voted only for the city council race for their individual ward. In the past, such races were voted on city-wide, even though the candidate had to live in a particular ward to represent it. Leverette expected some confusion over this, but has been pleasantly surprised.
"There has not been any [confusion] at all," she said.
Hours for early voting are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday.