Significant increase in registered voters compared to 2014

Published: Oct. 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM EDT
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The Knox County Election Commission said, compared to the 2014 midterms, at least 7,000 more Tennesseans have registered to vote this year.

Clifford Rodgers, Administrator of Elections, said these midterm elections are a big deal.

"Got a huge election coming up. We've got three open seats in the biggest races for Governor, Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives," Rodgers said.

With more people registered to vote so far this year, he said there is an increased interest in this year's election cycle.

Rodgers said, generally, the majority of people in their twenties and thirties are registered to vote, but do not actually vote on election day. He said, percentage-wise, people in their fifties and sixties are more likely to hit the polls on election day.

Students at U.T. said registering to vote is the first step if they want to get involved in the election.

"If you're not registered, you can't vote. And if somehow you get angry about something and become passionate, and it's too late, you're out of luck," one college student told WVLT.

Another student said, "It's so important because with this midterm election, this is a pivotal point where things could change."

"When you choose to vote, you have a higher chance of accomplishing what it is you desire," said another student on his way to class.

Following a recent Instagram post from pop star Taylor Swift slamming Marsha Blackburn, one U.T. student said, "People need to make choices based on the way that they feel, so just because you love Taylor Swift and she's been your role model doesn't mean you need to vote the way she says."

"This ought to get everybody excited about voting in the state of Tennessee and certainly in Knox County," Rodgers said.

The deadline to register to vote in Tennessee is Tuesday, October 9. You can register online until 11:59 p.m. ET.

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