Election Day: What you need to know

Bill Adams sets up the machines Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at the Hamilton County Election Commission that will count absentee ballots after they are verified.

Voters across Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama will head to the polls Tuesday to cast votes for president, state and local races.

State election officials said Tennessee set a record for early and absentee voting with almost 1.7 million people voting early in person or by mail, topping the record of almost 1.6 million during the 2008 presidential election, likely spurred by the pivotal and contentious presidential race featuring Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. In Georgia, state officials reported that more than 2.3 million of Georgia's 6.6 million registered voters cast early ballots this year, also breaking a record set in 2008. Alabama does not have early voting.

Here's what you need to know before heading to the polls:


If you are unsure of when polls are open in your county, call your county's election commission.