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A woman casts her vote during early voting Friday morning at Munford City Hall. The polls open today at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Photo by Jeff Ireland


The Leader will be keeping you updated tonight as election returns come in. After the polls close at 7 p.m., log on to www.covingtonleader.com or check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute results.

Tipton County residents hit the polls today for the county general election, as well as the state and federal primaries.

There are a few contested races of note on the ballot, including district attorney general, public defender, general sessions judge and the Republican nomination for the Tennessee House of Representatives.

A contested race for sheriff typically brings a lot of people to the polls, but incumbent J.T. "Pancho" Chumely is running unopposed.

When the polls closed for early voting on Saturday, 5,071 people had cast ballots in Tipton County.

"The turnout has been a little light," said administrator of elections Neil Bell. "Four years ago, and eight years ago, the sheriff's race was contested. That's a race that brings a lot of people to the polls."

Incumbent District 81 State Rep. Debra Moody is being challenged by Rory Bricco in the Republican primary.

In the county general election, incumbent district attorney general Mike Dunvant has a challenger in D.J. Norton.

With the retirement of Gary Antrican, county residents will elect a new public defender today. Bo Burk, Shana Johnson and Lyle Jones are competing for that position.

Longtime County Executive Jeff Huffman faces opposition in Bobby Clemons Jr.

Just two of the nine county commissioner races are being contested. In District 1, Olean Anderson is challenging incumbents Quincy Barlow and Rusty Wooten. Incumbents Steve Bringle and Jeff Mason are running against challenger James Kevin Roark in District 3. The top two vote getters in each race win.

The race for general sessions judge is between incumbent William A. Peeler and challenger Stacey Longo Graham.

The county's nine polling locations open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

According to Bell, the county's electronic voting machines, which have been used since 2006, were recently revamped to have brighter screens that are easier to see for voters.

Bell, his two employees and approximately 130 people he calls "lightly-paid volunteers" will arrive at the polls around 6 a.m to make preparations for election day.

He said early voting went off without a hitch, although he has had to remind a few campaigners that they must stay 100 feet away from the front door of the polling location.

"Everything seems to be going smoothly," Bell said. "There's a lot to do, but we'll be ready."

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