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Voters in Hamilton County go to the polls

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HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB)-- Here in Hamilton County, the polls opened bright and early.

Our crew was at Brainerd High school Tuesday morning, when the Woodmore voting precinct opened.

It was a slow start to the day.

While our crew was there, about 40 voters trickled in to cast their ballots.

But with such high interest, elections officials expected a heavy voter presence by the end of the day.

The precincts in Chattanooga stayed busy throughout the day.

Still at the 4:30 check there was only a 14 percent voter turn out in all of Hamilton County.

With that said, the busiest time of day is starting now.

The Hamilton County Election Commission says they expect traffic to really pick up between 5 and 8 p.m when the polls close.

The Concord Baptist Church on East Brainerd Road houses three precincts.

A sign waver says they watched a steady stream of traffic throughout the day.

"There was a line of about 40 people before it opened at 8 o'clock and its been a lot of people here all day," says Jeffrey Hooper, voter.

Hamilton County has 210,000 registered voters and 128 precincts total.

About 27,300 voters already cast their ballots early or by absentee.

In Tennessee the polls close at 8 o'clock eastern time- 7 central.

In Georgia at 7.

Again, if you plan on voting before polls close Tuesday night, have some patience.

It could be crowded because so many people plan to vote after work.

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