Voters choosing among ‘biggest’ Election ballot ‘since at least 2014:’ Davis

Early voting kicked off Friday, July 15, with about 1,000 Knox County residents casting their ballots, according to Election Commission officials.

Paul Whalen, co-officer with Linda Pasarilla at the Farragut Town Hall early voting site, said 337 voted in that location the first day.

Early voting continues in 10 Knox County locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, July 22; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 23; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, July 25, through Wednesday, July 27; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 30.

Voter registration increases

According to Chris Davis, Election Commission administrator, registered voters in Farragut were at 18,013 as of July 11, showing a slight increase from 17,790 registered voters as of May 3. In Knox County, voter registrations increased from 292,642 as of May 3, to 295,108 as of Monday, July 11.

Those who have yet to cast their ballots should be prepared for a lengthy process when they do choose to vote.

This particular ballot is the biggest since at least August 2014, Davis said.

Both the Republican and Democratic ballots are four pages in length, listing Farragut Mayor and Aldermen candidates, along with county offices, five general session court judges, options to elect both Democratic and Republican state committee men and committee women (candidate lists available at; then 26 separate judge retain or replace queries.

Eleven are Court of Appeals judges; 10 pertain to Court of Criminal Appeals; and five to state Supreme Court.

For more information on judge election questions, visit: - Retention Election FAQs; and - results of appellate court retention election survey.