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Hamilton County early voting numbers well ahead of 2008 pace

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The countdown has begun and with just 12 days left until the November 6th election, Hamilton County residents continue to make sure their voices are heard.

The county has already seen a boost in the early voting option, beating out numbers from the 2008 election.  "Voting is important and early voting makes it very convenient," said early voter Henry McDonald.

A steady flow of Hamilton County voters have been pouring in all four early voting locations. The Election Commission says that today they're 4,000 votes ahead of where they were on the same day four years ago.

"It's a really critical election and it's a big time in our nations history, and it's important you represent what you stand for," said early voter Matt Sentef.

Some are voting early out of anticipation, like 20-year-old Sentef, and some are just avoiding the hassle that comes last minute like Calvin Tate. "I won't have to deal with the lines and all the traffic coming in and out," he said. "I was here and within five minutes I was out."

As for the hot topic of photo ID , the Election Commission said it hasn't been an issue and those casting an early vote seem to agree with the law. "I think it helps with the voter fraud stuff," said Cozy Mitchell. "I think people do vote for people who are dead."

"Fraudulent voting, there's a lot of that," McDonald added. "This is a great step for eliminating that. I'm all for one man one vote, one woman one vote."

Early voting at the Hamilton County Election Commission is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.

The three other locations at Northgate Mall, the Brainerd Rec. Center and at Eastwood Church in Ooltewah are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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