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Big Ballot Could Produce Long Lines To Vote -- Sky Arnold

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Outside the early voting location in downtown Nashville you'll see more political signs than you can count.

With so many it's hard for individual candidates to stand out and that's why State Senate Candidate Jeff Yarbro and the campaign workers of his opponent Mary Mancini are greeting voters in person.

The reason there are so many signs has a lot to do with the fact the ballot is bigger than normal.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says it could be the biggest in state history.

Early Voter Virginia Calderon says it took her about 10 minutes to fill out.

"It was long," said Calderon.

The reason it's so long is the variety of races on the ballot.

Not only are there primaries for state and federal offices on it but also local races and a bunch of judicial contests.

That includes 23 votes where you get to decide if a sitting judge stays on the bench including three State Supreme Court justices.

It all adds up to a ballot so big Hargett is encouraging people to vote early.

"The more that we can spread out the voters over an extended period of time that helps us diminish the potential for long lines on election day," said Hargett.



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