Power outages for some Tennessee polling places to use paper ballots

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Tennessee election officials are expecting high turnout as voters cast ballots for governor, the U.S. Senate and House today.

Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said all of the state's polling places are open despite power outages this morning in some areas of Middle and East Tennessee after storms overnight. He said paper ballots are available at those locations.

One election official in Tennessee's largest county, Shelby County, said one precinct did not open on time but all polling places are now up and running.

Shelby County is being closely watched by voting rights advocates and some campaigns over concerns about voter registrations, the security of outdated electronic voting machines and other election-related issues.

The top race in Tennessee is between Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen for Tennessee's open U.S.