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Early Voting In Tennessee Already Tops 100,000

Signs line a walkway near the polls at the Bordeaux Library in Nashville.
Tony Gonzalez
Signs line a walkway near the polls at the Bordeaux Library in Nashville.

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The political world may be focused on the presidential race and the party conventions, but here in Tennessee more than 100,000 people have already voted early for state and local offices.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton aren't on the ballot. But it does include the primaries for Congress and the state legislature, as well as the general election for local offices.

Among the people who have made it to the polls is Brenda Greer. The substitute teacher lives in Bordeaux and says she has a lot on her mind.

"Education, number one, top priority for me. And then, safety — all this uprising, this stuff going on. Safety.”

Catana Starks, the former golf coach at Tennessee State University, also feels education is important. She's focused on the races for school board.

"We really need to have a sound school board program, so that individuals can proceed with an education that will really benefit the children in our communities," she says, "so that's important, that's very important."

Through Saturday, 123,763 people had cast ballots, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State's office.

Early voting runs through July 30. In Davidson County, voters can cast their ballots at the Howard Office Building or any of 10 satellite locations.

Copyright 2016 WPLN News

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter.Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons