Tennessee has around 4 million registered voters, and as of Monday, over
500,000 have already cast their ballots for the 2018 midterm elections.
The face off for Senate is between former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, a
democrat, and U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, a republican. Accompanying the pivotal Senate election is the quest for the next Tennessee governor in which former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a democrat, and former businessman and cattle farmer Bill Lee, a republican, spar for Bill Haslam’s spot.
It only took one day for 120,893 Tennesseans to vote, which destroys the last
two midterm’s turnout numbers. In fact, the first day turnout of the 2014 midterms was only 32,565, says a recent article from The Tennessean. That means this time around, nearly four times the amount of people has come out to vote.
Although that increase is remarkable, the true milestone is Tennessee is
notorious for low voter turnout— even coming in last place in the entire nation. So not only are we seeing a monumental increase in interest and participation, but that is coming from a state that camps out in the 50th spot for voter turnout.
To really show the significance of this year’s midterms, know that the early
voting rate is very close to the rate of the presidential election in 2016. This kind of turnout is unprecedented for the state.
In first place for voting is Davidson County, which is home field for the Capitol.
Behind Davidson is Shelby County, then third place belongs to Knox County. After the major three counties which house Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville, come the suburban counties and higher populated counties dispersed throughout the state.
Early voting for the state of Tennessee ends on November 1 and Election Day is
on November 6.
Author: Isaac Weston (@IsaacWeston)