Thousands cast early votes in Lincoln County, TN

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. - If your schedule is hectic on election day, sometimes it's just too difficult to find the time to vote. Unless you vote absentee, there's a good chance your voice isn't heard at the polls. However, if you live in Tennessee, you can cast your vote early.

Many voters in Lincoln County are already taking advantage of the option. As of Thursday, more than 4,000 voters have already cast their ballots there.

"I work Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., so it makes it very difficult," said Jamie Sexton.

Sexton said voting early is not only better for her schedule, it's also convenient. She said it only took her five minutes to vote.

"If we get 50 percent or more of the voters turnout on early voting, it makes it a lot easier on the workers on election day," said Dan Long, Lincoln County Election Commission Chairman.

Long tells WHNT News 19 votes aren't counted early.

"We tabulate the votes the same day of the regular precinct machines. Until that time, nobody has any idea what the vote total is on the machines," Long said.

If you participate in early voting and change your mind, you can't change your vote.

"Once that vote is cast, it's cast. He can't come back and change his mind between the time he cast his early vote and election day. That would be the only downside I could think of," said Long.

Early votes can be cast in Lincoln County Monday through Friday from 8 in the morning until 5 p.m. If you work during that time, don't worry. The polls are open on Saturday morning from 8 to noon.