Aug. 3-- Thursday is Election Day in Tennessee and polls statewide are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Hardin County, the headline race pits Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt against incumbent Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville in the Republican primary for the 26th District state Senate seat. With no candidate in the Democratic primary, the winner of the Republican primary takes the seat.
The Associated Press included the Gresham-Shutt contest in a list of notable legislative faceoffs.
Perhaps in part due to that spirited battle, the percentage of registered voters who turned out during the early voting period in Hardin County rose 25 percent over the comparable election four years ago. This occurred despite the local election commission slashing early voting hours this year by one-fourth, or 10 hours per week, citing an expected low turnout.
With 15,865 registered voters in Hardin County for Thursday’s elections, 1,633 ballots were cast during the extended early voting period which ended Saturday, or 10.3 percent of eligible voters. In the comparable election in August 2012, there were 15,964 registered voters and 1,305 early votes, or 8.2 percent of eligible voters.