As of 6 p.m. Thursday, more than 5,000 votes had been cast.
Early voting has been brisk at the Mobile Voting Precinct located at BI-LO Plaza on McGrady Drive.
Voters have had the opportunity for eight days to cast their votes early in races for governor, Congress, a school board seat in the 5th District of Bradley County and an amendment to the state’s constitution regarding hunting and fishing in Tennessee.
So far, 5,644 voters have taken advantage of early voting.
The breakdown per precinct is;
- Bradley County Elections Office — 1,470
- Bradley Square Mall Satellite — 2,517
- BI-LO MVP — 1,523
- Mail ballots — 134
Mail-in ballots are received at the Elections Commission Office and included in the total vote count.
The Bradley Square Mall precinct continues to top the voter sites, followed by the MVP located at McGrady Drive, which is outpacing the Elections Office located in the Courthouse Annex.
The new site, (actually returned) was set up after Bradley County Elections Commission officials felt the need to provide a better location for the precinct in the southern portion of the county.
Voters five years ago cast their ballots at the McGrady Drive site, but then the precinct was moved to Blythe-Bower Elementary School located on 20th Street S.E.
The numbers of voters passing through to cast their ballots dwindled and commissioners decided after the Aug. 5 General and State Primary to go back to the McGrady Drive site, mainly because of traffic flow and ease of entry and egress at the BI-LO Plaza.
Officials refurbished the MVP and officially opened its doors to the early voting public last week, on Oct. 13.
For additional information, visit www.clevelandbanner.com and click on the Bradley County Elections website.