published Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Slow turnout at Cleveland polls may be due to big early voting crowd

In Cleveland, candidates and their campaign supporters are weathering the sun to wave at passing motorists in the hopes some of them are voters too.

The three candidates for Cleveland City Council fifth district traded good-natured comments, standing side-by-side, at E.L. Ross Elementary precinct in the mid afternoon shade of a big tree.

“It’s been slow," Dale Hughes said of voter turnout. “We all agree on that.’’

Candidates and election workers agreed at Hopewell and the Senior Activities Center precincts too that maybe the large early voting turnout was a factor.

The Bradley County Election Commission reported 8,155 early voters. In the past, early voting tended to be about half the votes in local elections. The polls close at 8 p.m.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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