Follow election results on TribTown, early voting numbers higher than 2014

Jackson County voters are heading to the polls today.

Jackson County Clerk Amanda Lowery said voting at all precincts has gone smoothly to start the day.

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, turnout was reported as slow but steady at several of the polling sites in Seymour.

Dovie Stidam, a poll worker at The Point, said there is usually a pretty good line outside that church on the east side of the city before the polls open at 6 a.m. on election day.

“There was just two in line today,” she said as she worked the voting machines for Jackson 2 East and Jackson 2 West

As of 11:30 a.m. just 82 voters or 4.6 percent of 1,769 registered voters in those two precincts had cast ballot.

Charles Shafer was one of those voters.

“I vote every time,” the 73-year-old said.

He said voting is important even when there’s few races on the ballot.

“I’ve read about the candidates,” Shafer said.

Turnout was a little better for Jackson 6 precinct, which also votes at The Point. At 11:30 a.m., 87 or 7.4 percent of the precinct’s 1,169 registered voters had cast ballots.

Karen Tarrants, an inspector at Zion Lutheran Church, said there had not been any issues at that polling site, where registered voters from Jackson 3 South and Jackson 4 South cast ballots.

“It’s been slow but steady,” she said of turnout at 11 a.m.

Turnout at Calvary Baptist Church, 1202 N Ewing Street, Seymour, was 161 at 11:30 a.m. for precincts Jackson 1 East and Redding-Seymour City. The two precincts have 2,178 registered voters.

Jackson 3 North and Jackson 5 East had a turnout of 141 ballots at the Seymour American Legion. The two precincts have a combined 2,057 registered voters.

144 voters in Jackson 7 voters headed to Jackson County Superior Court I before 11:30 a.m. to cast votes. That precinct has 1,063 registered voters.

There are a number of races on both the Democrat and Republican ballot.

You can find your polling place here and then clicking “Find Your Polling Place.”

Polls close at 6 p.m.

The Tribune staff will post election results on as the votes are tallied.

Voters in Jackson County turned out for early voting, which began in Brownstown and Seymour in April through noon on May 7.

Total ballots were 1,608, more than double the 685 ballots in the 2014 primary election, according to the voter registration office.

An overwhelming majority of the early ballots cast were Republican as 1,257 Republicans voted ahead of Election Day. Turnout was expected to be higher since the race for Jackson County Sheriff fielded four candidates.

Democrats represented 351 of the early voting ballots.

Poll workers at the courthouse in Brownstown processed 975 ballots, while 411 ballots were processed in Seymour.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper| Joshua Burns votes on Tuesday during the primary elections.
Tribune photo by Aaron Piper| Joshua Burns votes on Tuesday during the primary elections.