NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials say a record of nearly 2.3 million voters have already cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 election, making up just more than half of the state’s registered voters.

The 51 percent turnout total to date accounts for the full 14-day in-person early voting period that concluded Thursday and absentee ballots returned during that timeframe. Both have surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office says turnout from early and absentee voting in Cheatham, Davidson, Loudon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson counties has already surpassed total turnout in the 2016 presidential election year.

More than 2.5 million Tennesseans voted in the 2016 general election, including nearly 1.7 million early and absentee votes.

Voters can find Election Day polling locations, hours and more with the GoVoteTN app or at

The deadline to request an absentee ballot was Tuesday.

Completed absentee ballots must be received by local election commissions via mail by Election Day’s close of polls. Officials are urging voters to drop off ballots inside the one post office designated in each county by 3 p.m. on Election Day so that county election officials have time to pick up ballots. Postage is required.