Early primary voting ends today

May. 01, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

As early voting for the May 6 Sevier County Democratic and Republican primaries and nonpartisan school board election comes to a close today, the county’s interim administrator of elections, Ed Kuncitis, said the number of people who voted early will likely end up being in line with previous elections.

“I did happen to go back and look at the numbers, and it was 2010, I believe, when it was a county primary in the year of the governor’s election,” Kuncitis said. “We had about 3,300 then and this year we’re right now at about 3,100.”

More than 200 people voted on the first day of early voting, but afterward the numbers tailed off. In recent days, however, the number of voters has gone up slightly, Kuncitis said.

“It feels slow, but for this type of election, we seem to be doing OK,” he said. “Of course, in presidential election years, in those primaries it’s different; we’ll have nearly 5,000 (early voters) then.” The Seymour satellite voting location, which closed Saturday, had fewer voters than Kuncitis hoped for, he said. After a slow start, he hoped the numbers would pick up in the last few days, but it did not happen.

“When we go out there again, if we do, we’ll just have to look at maybe posting some signs around to let people know more,” Kuncitis said.

“When we first started several years ago, we did at that time post signs around town, in businesses and just wherever they would let us, about early voting times, but this year we didn’t think we needed to do that. Maybe that’s it, because it was quite a bit slower.”

There have been no issues with the voting machines, Kuncitis said. The polls are open today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Election Commission/voting machine warehouse at 1145 Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville.

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