Early voting began in Knox County on Wednesday and thousands of people took advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballot in the November election.
Early voting lasts through Thursday, November 1. Nine separate locations opened Wednesday throughout the county. One of the advantages of early voting is it allows registered voters to cast their ballots at any of the nine locations. On election day, November 6, voters are required to vote at the their assigned precinct.
To see all the early voting locations, check out the Knox County elections website.
Hours vary between the sites, but most are open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. By 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Administrator of Elections Clifford Rodgers said more than 7,100 votes were cast in Knox County. That figure is certain to grow as "after-work crowds" are expected to hit in the final couple of hours.
In 2008 around 5,900 people voted on the first day of early-voting in Knox County. That year 66 percent of all votes were cast early. Rodgers said he expects around 70 percent of votes in this year's election to be cast early.
There is a lot more on the ballot than just the presidential election. You can plan how you'll vote with the help of this sample ballot (pdf).
If you live in Knox County but aren't sure which districts you live in, you can plug your address into this handy tool to discover which county commission, city council, school board, state House and state Senate districts you live in. Also, it'll tell you which voting precinct you live in, and where your polling place will be if you wait to vote on Election Day.
A new state law requires you to have a government-issued photo ID when you arrive at the polls. Those without proper ID can cast a provisional ballot.