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UPDATE: Early voting begins in Tennessee, safeguards in place to prevent 'rigged election'

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump thinks the election results will be rigged.

Tennessee election officials say many safeguards are in place to make sure that doesn't happen.

People crowded the Hamilton County Election Commission for the first day of early voting on Wednesday. The line extended out the door at times causing some concern at first.

"Should I come back? It was moving very well and the ballot is just one page," Edward Mahn, a voter said.

Election administrators said the busiest times include rush hour in the morning, lunch time, and after work. They also said they expect the biggest crowds these first few days.

"At first, I was hesitant because i was like oh my goodness, there's a lot of people here but it went by smoothly," Keisha January, another voter said.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett strongly said this will be a fair election after Donald Trump raised concerns about the results being rigged.  

Hargett said cyber security is a top priority and not one of the state's 95 counties has been a target so far.

Voters Channel 3 spoke with are confident about the security measures in place.

"No. I have no fear whatsoever that anything is rigged. I think it's a fair process," January said.

"No. Not at all. They run a very good, efficient, above board operation here," Mahn said.

The state's coordinator of elections, Mark Goins, said voting machines are not connected to the internet and as many as 15,000 poll workers will make sure votes in Tennessee are counted accurately.

"People always going to say something is going bad when it's not going their way. So, as far as I'm concerned, I don't see anything wrong," William Middlebrooks, a voter said.

Hamilton County Early Voting locations:

  • Brainerd Recreation Center, 1010 North Moore Road, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Eastwood Baptist Church, 4300 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Election Commission Office, 700 River Terminal Road, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bradley County Early Voting locations

  • The Election Commission Office, 155 Broad St. NW, Cleveland, TN
  • Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff PKwy NW, Cleveland, TN Suite 513 (between Sears Hometown Store and Dicehead Games, near old Kmart.)
  • Food City Parking Lot, 2310 McGrady Drive SE, Cleveland, TN

A GoVoteTN app from the state lets voters find polling locations, check their voter status, and allows them to see a sample ballot.

Early voting wraps up in Tennessee on November 3rd.

A government issued ID is required to vote.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging anyone with questions or concerns about voting to call the state Division of Elections' toll-free hotline number at 1-877-850-4959.

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