NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man in a “Wild Thing” T-shirt may have accidentally summed up what so many Tennesseans think of the presidential election, and why so many of them appear to be heading to polls on the first day of the state’s early voting.
“Yeah, I guess the t-shirt really does describe what we have seen,” laughed Kyle Snyder as he told us about his T-shirt while navigating a voting traffic jam at Nashville’s Edmondson Pike library. “But the shirt really refers to a character in a movie about the Cleveland Indians and they are playing today.”
To see the playoff game on television this afternoon was why he voted early, but he won’t be watching tonight’s final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump because he “did not vote for either one of them.”
Despite some parking problems, his late morning wait was only about 10 minutes.
There was good reason for the midday traffic jam at the Edmondson Pike Library.
It turned out to the be the busiest place for early voting in Davidson County with the Hermitage and Madison library polling sites as the second and third busiest according to Davidson County Election Commission spokesperson Nancy DeKalb.
She also indicated that 12,303 people went to the polls on the first day of this early voting cycle.
That is up from around 10,000 on the first day in the early voting presidential cycle in 2012, but down from the same comparable first day in 2008.
Across Nashville’s southern border in Williamson County at the Brentwood library, there was initially a 40-minute wait before anyone could vote because of a computer glitch when the doors opened at 9-AM.
“Our IT guys got here quickly to fix it and away we went,” said election officer Wanda Bruce Graham. “We had a few disgruntled people who left but hopefully they will be back.”
While some may have gone away, Graham said the lines at the Brentwood site were eventually out the door for a 25-minute mid-morning wait and “the busiest she has seen” for the first day of early voting in a presidential election year.
In Northern Rutherford County, a poll worker said she was told by election officials to expect a record number during the overall early voting period which ends five days before the November 8 general election.