by Jon Styf
While early voting is up nationally, it was down in Tennessee this midterm season compared to 2018.
After early voting, there were 882,310 votes cast in Tennessee. In 2018, that total was 1,378,840 while it was 629,485 in 2014.
A nationwide Gallup poll showed that four in 10 voters planned to vote before Election Day with 41% expected to vote early this year compared to 26% in 2010.
Media reports have shown that roughly 200 voters cast votes in the wrong races in Davidson County due to confusion related to new districts after Nashville was split into three U.S. House districts following the mandated redistricting process.
Those votes cannot be fixed but will count toward the district voting that was on the voters’ ballots.
A special meeting of Davidson County’s Rules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee is scheduled for Friday evening after the mishap.
One of the highest impact races of the new districts could be the 5th Congressional District, where Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles is favored to defeat Democratic state senator Heidi Campbell with Ogles holding a predicted 55.7% to 41.1% advantage, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Gov. Bill Lee holds an even larger predicted margin of victory to win his race against Democratic challenger Jason Martin, with FiveThirtyEight giving Lee a 56.7% to 30.6% advantage.
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Jon Styf is an award-winning editor and reporter who has worked in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan in local newsrooms over the past 20 years, working for Shaw Media, Hearst and several other companies. Styf is a reporter for The Center Square.
Photo “Election” by Edmond Dantès.
We decided to vote election day after the 2020 debacle. No point is letting the left know how many ballots they need to stuff, let ’em guess.
Unfortunately Ogles has been a lazy candidate, no matter how much you think you are going to win by, you still need to be out there letting people know you going to get the job done. DUI Heidi has the ads running, burning up the phones, etc.
I pray this is because voters are waiting for election day. I know I will be voting on Tuesday. I will be casting my vote for John Gentry for Governor and if other Tennesseans want a truly constitutional Governor they too will cast aside the R and D candidate and vote for John.
Hard to get excited about voting for Lockdown executive orders Lee or baby-killing Democrats. You get corporate welfare and higher spending with both. Or amendments written by criminally indicted Google shill Brian Kelsey or Becky Massey…on “new”, still electronic, still hackable, voting machines.
My entire household will be voting for John Gentry in hopes of a return to constitutional government in Tennessee.
Not much of a surprise here. There is really not much to choose from except in a couple of races like the 5th District. And the 4 amendments are so awfully worded that they turn voters off.
Yes the four amendments are worded terribly indeed. My understanding of the ” right to work” amendment is that a person cannot be refused employment based on their union membership status- in other words- they have the “right to work” even if they are in a union. If you ask most people, they think it means that unions will be kept out of Tennessee by this section. My understanding of it is actually the opposite – so I voted no.
And it seems that the “slavery” amendment is actually about inmates, not slavery.
You can find your answer as to why on election day. President Trump has asked that we vote ON election day to take away the demonrats ability to cheat or at least hamper it a great deal. Nothing can keep them from cheating because they can’t win if they don’t cheat!