Tennessee early voting last week exceeded 2012 figures by nearly 100,000 people

NASHVILLE - During last week's first four days of early voting, the number of Tennesseans casting ballots in the Nov. 8 election exceeded 2012 totals by nearly 100,000 people, figures show.

According to Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett's figures, 478,324 Tennesseans voted early either at poll sites across the state's 95 counties or by absentee ballot.

That compares to 387,961 - or 90,363 less - in the last presidential contest.

Hargett said Monday he believes the pace was higher than the 2008 presidential election, as well.

That's good, Hargett said Monday, because "that's one way to make sure you don't wind up in a longer line that you expected to be in on Election Day."

It also helps put staffers at the state's 95 election commissions in a better position to process actual Nov.