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As of close of business on Wednesday, a total of 3,977 early voters had cast their ballots. Early voting continues through Nov. 1 in the basement of the county courthouse.
Hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday; 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. State-issued or federal-issued photo ID is required, such as a driver's license. A college student ID does not qualify.
Leverette said that only two voters so far have had insufficient photo ID. In one case, she said, the voter had lost his wallet; in the other case, the voter had simply left her ID at home and returned with it a short time later.
The county courthouse is the only location for early voting in Bedford County, including for the Wartrace and Normandy town elections.
For the first time, Tennesseeans will have the opportunity to dedicate their vote in honor of a service member, recognizing the role that service members play in preserving American democracy. To sign up for the Tennessee Honor Vote program, go to govotetn.com/honor.
Here's a list of the ballot candidates.
In the presidential race, of course, voters are actually choosing between slates of electors, not directly for the candidates themselves. That Electoral College system, which dates back to the original U.S. Constitution, is sometimes controversial. However, for clarity, the candidates' names, not the electors' names, are listed on the ballot (and in our list, below).
The list below also includes several presidential candidates who are listed as "independent" on the Tennessee ballot because their parties didn't file the paperwork or meet the qualifications to be recognized on the Tennessee ballot. We've included those party affiliations in parentheses for the presidential candidates.
(I) indicates an incumbent.
Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan, Republican
Barack Obama (I) / Joe Biden (I), Democrat
Virgil Goode / Jim Clymer, Constitution Party
Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala, Green Party
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson / Luis J. Rodriguez, independent (Justice Party)
Gary Johnson / James P. Gray, independent (Libertarian Party)
Merlin Miller / Virginia Abernethy, independent (American Third Position Party)
Bob Corker (I), Republican
Mark E. Clayton, Democrat
Kermit Steck, Constitution Party
Martin Pleasant, Green Party
Shaun E. Crowell, independent
David Gatchell, independent
James Higdon, independent
Michel Joseph Long, independent
Troy Stephen Scoggin, independent
Scott DesJarlais (I), Republican
Eric Stewart, Democrat
Jim Tracy (I), Republican
Pat Marsh (I), Republican
Jo Ann Holland (I)
Lizzie M. Peoples
Kay Rose (I)
Jean Pruitt (I)