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State warning for August elections: Vote early

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Lines were longer than in years past on the first day of early voting in Rutherford County. Lines were longer than in years past on the first day of early voting in Rutherford County.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

As thousands of Tennesseans began early voting Friday for the August elections and primaries, the man is charge of elections for the state of Tennessee has a warning.

Mark Goins says those going to the polls should vote early or they will likely face much longer lines that normal for an August election.

The reason is not necessarily above average interest in a number of races like Tea Party challenger Joe Carr vs. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

Goins says beware of a very long ballot because of this year's judicial races and judicial retention races.

"What normally takes a one or two minutes to vote, may take five minutes because of the ballot length," he told News 2, adding, "And that will likely translate into longer lines than what we usually see at August elections."

All Tennessee early voting locations are open for at least three hours on Saturdays, but the times may vary depending on individual counties.

Goins described early voting returns Friday as "steady" with some counties reporting above average numbers and others below average.

Early voting continues daily except Sundays through August 7.

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