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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Almost 8,000 vote early

Friday, November 2, 2012

Holly Heffington holds up her "I voted" sticker as she prepares to vote in her first Presidential election during the last day of early voting in Bedford County. At the left is Donnetta Hurt who showed her how to use the machine.
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Early voting for Tuesday's general election ended on Thursday, with a total of 7,850 votes cast in Bedford County, not counting paper absentee ballots, which will continue to come in until Election Day.

Total early and absentee vote was 8,505 four years ago.

Polls will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The poll closing time is standard statewide, but opening time varies from county to county so there's sometimes confusion when Nashville television stations announce Nashville's opening time as if it were a standard.

New locations

The county closed some precinct locations prior to the August elections. Those affected should have received new voter identification cards. A map of precinct locations is available at http://www.t-g.com/precincts. Voters must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or U.S. passport, to verify their identity.

The county election office can be reached at 684-0531 for more information; the telephone number listed in the current phone book is in error.

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.

The Times-Gazette will update local election results Tuesday night on Twitter; follow @Times_Gazette. Complete local results will be published to our web site, t-g.com.

Candidate list

Here's a list of the ballot candidates.

In the presidential race, 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, and it's mathematically possible for the vote of the Electoral College to contradict the popular vote. 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. We've included those party affiliations in parentheses for the presidential candidates.

(I) indicates an incumbent.

President / Vice President

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)

U.S. Senate

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

U.S. House, District 4

Scott DesJarlais (I), Republican

Eric Stewart, Democrat

Tennessee Senate, District 14

Jim Tracy (I), Republican

Tennessee House, District 62

Pat Marsh (I), Republican

Shelbyville City Council, Ward 1

Henry Feldhaus

Jo Ann Holland (I)

Shelbyville City Council, Ward 3

Lizzie M. Peoples

Kay Rose (I)

Shelbyville City Council, Ward 5

Jean Pruitt (I)

Wartrace Board of Aldermen (three seats)

Barnett Payne

Normandy Board of Aldermen (two seats)

Steve Lewis

Mike Mitchell

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