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Early Voting under way

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By Damon Lawrence

Early voting for the Nov. 2 election began Wednesday.
Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said the turnout was 378 on the first day.   
With absentee voting, which he said started 45 days ago, 578 people had voted so far.
“That’s a good turnout to start,” he said.
The last day to early vote is Oct. 28.
Early voting locations are Rockwood Community Center, Harriman Community Center, Roane County Courthouse in Kingston and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.
Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
To make things more convenient for voters, the Roane County Election Commission increased the early voting hours for this election.  
“The people coming home from work will have an opportunity to stop off and vote,”  Holiway said. “We’re hoping that’s going to increase the early voting numbers for us.”
Holiway reported that everything went smoothly on the first day.
“We had a couple problems with some printers early in the morning, but we corrected those,” he said. “That was right at the beginning and didn’t delay anybody from voting.”