McMinn County saw a substantial increase in early voting for Thursday’s election.

The early voting period ended on Saturday with 3,613 McMinn Countians casting an early ballot. There were 2,932 Republican ballots and 645 Democratic ballots cast. Another 36 county residents cast only general election ballots.

In McMinn County, a total of 1,676 voters cast an early ballot in the comparable August 2016 election, with 2,877 early voters in 2012.

Meigs County will release the results from its early voting period along with election day results.

In Meigs County, early voters cast 866 ballots in August 2016, with 691 early voters participating in 2012.

Election day is set for Thursday, Aug. 6.

There are several races on each county’s ballot, spanning from national to local municipal races.

In McMinn County, the state Republican primary for the United States Senate will be held between Clifford Adkins, Natisha Brooks, Byron Bush, Roy Dale Cope, Terry Dicus, Tom Emerson Jr., George S. Flinn Jr., Bill Hagerty, Jon Henry, Kent A. Morrell, Glen L. Neal Jr., John E. Osborne, Aaron L. Pettigrew, David Schuster and Manny Sethi.

The Democratic side of that race will feature Marquita Bradshaw, Gary G. Davis, Robin Kimbrough, James Mackler and Mark Pickrell.

The United States House of Representatives District 3 seat will also be up with incumbent Chuck Fleischmann running unopposed on the Republican side and future challenger Meg Gorman without an opponent on the Democratic side.

Mark Cochran will be on the ballot for the Republican primary in the Tennessee House of Representatives District 23 seat. No Democrat has qualified for the corresponding primary.

County races will feature Keith Price unopposed in the assessor of property category and all but one McMinn County School Board race unopposed.

Incumbent Bill Irvin is facing Danny H. Pritchett in the District 4 school board unexpired term race and candidates running unopposed are: Jonathan Pierce (District 1), Denise Cunningham (District 2), Donna Maxwell Casteel (District 3), Tony Allman Sr. (District 4) and Sharon Brown (District 5).

Local races will include two contests each in Englewood and Etowah.

In Englewood, incumbent Jason Hitt faces challenger Tony R. Hawn in the mayoral race and Walter Arrowood and James C. Cochran are running unopposed for two town commission seats.

In Etowah, incumbents Gene Keller and Jim Swayne along with challenger John James are running for two seats on the city commission. There are also two school board seats up for grabs, with Jessica Goodin and Jeff Williams on the ballot for them.

There will also be a judicial retention question, asking if Carma Dennis McGee should be retained or replaced as Court of Appeals judge — western division.

In Meigs, the two U.S. Senate races are the same as McMinn.

There are three candidates in the U.S. House of Representatives District 4 Republican primary race, with incumbent Scott DesJarlais facing challengers Doug Meyer and Randy A. Sharp. Two candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination, with Noelle Bivens facing Christopher J. Hale.

Incumbent Dan Howell is running unopposed in the Republican primary for Tennessee House of Representatives District 22 and there is no Democratic challenger on the other side of the ballot.

County races will see Billy Breeden unopposed in the assessor of property race and Andy Andrews without a challenger in the School Board District 1 race.

In the Meigs County School Board District 4 race, however, Amber Hutsell Ammons faces Marty D. Lawson for one seat.

The judicial retention question surrounding McGee will also be on the ballot.

Voters can find election day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more with the GoVoteTN app or online at

They can download the GoVoteTN app for free in the App Store or Google Play. Reviewing the sample ballot and deciding how you will vote will reduce your time at the polls.

Voters who have moved within their county or have had a name change since the last time they voted can update their registration online at

By making sure your registration is up to date, you can shorten the time you will need to spend at your polling location.

Tennesseans voting on election day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, by Tennessee state government or by the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

More information about what types of ID are acceptable can be found on

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