Hamilton County polling placesView
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. In general:
* Polls are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CST in Tennessee
* Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in Georgia.
* Polls are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CST in Alabama.
ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID
* Driver's license (current or expired)
* U.S. passports
* U.S. military IDs
* Gun permit cards with photo
* State and federal employee IDs
Note: Student ID cards from state universities and colleges will not be accepted.
TRACKING THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Tonight, as election results stream in from across the nation, the Times Free Press will help you keep track of who is in the lead. An interactive map will be available at timesfreepress.com with up-to-date state totals for the presidential race as polls close. The map, provided by The Associated Press, will have a county-by-county breakdown for Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Coverage of local, state and congressional races will be available at timesfreepress.com throughout the evening.