Mail in ballots for early voting
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee: Early voting for Tennessee's August 5th Primary election starts today across the state. Positions up for election include the Governor, State Assembly and Congress. State officials are hoping more people elect to take advantage of the early voting possibility, in 2008 nearly 58 percent of those eligible for early voting actually voted. Current governor, Phil Bredesen has reached his term limit so a number of new candidates have come forward hoping to win in the primary. Due to the contested nominations for both Republican and Democratic seat in Congress, officials are hoping more people will vote. On the local level, counties across the state will be electing commissioners, mayors, clerks and other elected city and county positions. Local ballot measures will also be voted on in some counties as well. Early voting will end on July 31, voters who do not vote early would then have to wait till the 5th to cast their ballots.