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Friday, October 29, 2010

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A total of 3,992 Bedford County citizens participated in the early voting period for Tuesday's general election, according to deputy administrator of elections Andrew Robertson.

Robertson said the turnout was only slightly lower than what the office had been expecting and that it indicates a "decently-large" turnout on election day.

Early voting ended Thursday. Statewide, as of Thursday afternoon, more than 634,000 votes had been cast, said Secretary of State spokesman Blake Fontenay.

Polls will be open 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bedford County precinct locations. Local polls have opened at 9 a.m. for decades, although this sometimes leads to confusion when Nashville TV stations announce their county's 7 a.m. poll opening time. Robertson said the TV stations are now doing a better job of clarifying that poll opening times vary by county, even though the 7 p.m. closing time is standard statewide.

Robertson said opening polls at 7 a.m. would require hiring additional poll workers, since the current poll workers would probably not want to work a full 12-hour shift.

Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, is term-limited and could not seek re-election. In Congress, there are three open seats because of retirements.

There are 3.8 million registered voters in the state.

In the governor's race, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam is the Republican nominee while businessman Mike McWherter, the son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, is the Democratic nominee. They face a field of 14 independents.

The 6th District U.S. House seat and the 62nd District Tennessee House seat will also be on Bedford County ballots.

Mayors and some council or board members in Shelbyville, Wartrace and Normandy are also up for election. Bell Buckle held its town election in August.

The proposed constitutional amendment, would add a provision to the state constitution guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish, subject to "reasonable regulations and restrictions prescribed by law."

"This is a hot race for governor, so I'm hoping we'll vote at least 50 percent of our voters," said Davidson County Elections Administrator Ray Barrett.

Timothy Marchbanks of Nashville said he hopes whoever takes office will work to create more jobs in Tennessee.

The 49-year-old disaster relief manager said he's been watching the candidates closely and waited until the last day of early voting because he wanted ample "time to evaluate both sides."

Also on the ballot is a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Tennesseans the right to hunt and fish.

So far, in Tennessee's two biggest counties, 91,169 early and absentee ballots have been cast in Shelby and 61,857 in Davidson.

Barrett said he doesn't expect the numbers in his area to be as high as they were four years ago, when about 87,800 ballots were cast.

"We'll probably hit a few over 70,000, which is still a good turnout," he said.

Here is a list of the candidates, with (I) indicating an incumbent. Candidates without a party affiliation listed are running as independents.


Bill Haslam, Republican

Mike McWherter, Democrat

Bayron Binkley

Brandon Dodds

Samuel David Duck

David Gatchell

June Griffin

Toni K. Hall

Mike Knois

Boyce T. McCall

Donald Ray McFolin

Linda Kay Perry

James Reesor

Thomas Smith II

Howard M. Switzer

Carl Twofeathers Whitaker

U.S. House, District 6

Diane Black, Republican

Brett Carter, Democrat

Jim Boyd

Brandon E. Gore

Tommy N. Hay

David Purcell

Stephen R. Sprague

State House, District 62

Pat Marsh (I), Republican

Jenny W. Hunt, Democrat



Wallace Cartwright (I)

Alton Davis (write-in)



Sam Meek

Al Stephenson (I)



Lee Roy Cunningham (I)

June Taylor

James I. "Jamie" Williams



Thomas Landers (I)

Rex Northcutt



Don Gallagher (I)

Ron Stacy


Paul Cagle

Roston Floyd

Patsy Gregory (I)

Ed Simpson (I)

Carolyn Phillips (write-in)



Larry Nee (I)


Evelyn Hittson (I)

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