Early voting came to a close Thursday, and numbers recorded by the Hamilton County Election Commission indicate voter turnout for the two-week period did not change drastically from the most recent municipal election in 2009.
Records show that minus absentee, military and nursing home ballots, a total of 6,722 voters participated in early voting at three polling stations. The total equals a voter turnout of 6.1 percent of the 110,688 registered voters in the city.
In 2009, 5.9 percent of voters participated in early vote. Overall voter turnout was 18.09 percent. Only 18,773 out of 103,747 voters cast ballots in the races for mayor and Chattanooga City Council.
Polls will be open on March 5, election day, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To view a list of precinct locations from the Election Commission, click here.
This year, voters will determine the outcome of a mayor's race, seven contested City Council races, an ordinance on deannexation of property on Elder Mountain and an amendment to the City Charter to delete outdated, "archaic" provisions.
To view a sample ballot, click here.
For detailed information on candidates in all races, visit the Keen Citizen interactive voter guide.