The Compass Guide to the Aug. 6 Election
All of our coverage of the contested local races on next month’s ballot is now free to read and share.
July 24, 2020
campaign signs this week outside the early voting location at downtown west.
As we wrap up the first week of early voting for the Aug. 6 election, turnout continues at a high clip. Through Wednesday, 11,727 ballots had been cast in person and another 3,243 submitted by mail.
Turnout in early voting is already 70 percent of the total vote during the same election four years ago.
The total of 14,970 puts us well ahead of the pace four years ago, the last time the same offices were all on the ballot. In 2016, there were 21,484 votes cast in the entire election, and only about 800 absentee ballots.
The election includes several Knox County offices, as well as party primaries for state and federal offices. How much the turnout reflects a surge in participation versus voters making pandemic adjustments to when and how they vote won’t be clear until after Election Day.
In any case, here are handy links to all of our candidate profiles and our analysis of campaign fundraising to date. All election stories have been moved out from behind the Compass paywall and are free to read and share.
You can find complete ballot information and times and locations for early voting on the website of the Knox County Election Commission.
Fund Race: Who’s funding whom in the Aug. 6 county and state elections? We take a look and find a lot of familiar names. (July 22, 2020)
2nd Commission District: In one of County Commission’s few swing districts, Democrat Courtney Durrett faces off against Republican Grant Rosenberg for an open seat. (July 8, 2020)
4th Commission District: Political newcomers and military veterans Todd Frommeyer and Kyle Ward vie for an open West Knox seat. (July 13, 2020)
5th Commission District: In Concord and Farragut, incumbent Republican John Schoonmaker faces a challenge from Democrat Kimberly Peterson. (July 14, 2020)
The Independents: Unaffiliated with any political party, three candidates wage personal campaigns for law director, public defender and County Commission. (July 15, 2020)
State Senate District 6 Primary: A chiropractor and a minister are first-time Democratic candidates who want to take on an entrenched GOP incumbent in the general election. (July 20, 2020)
15th House District Primary: Three candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination in the county’s most reliably blue legislative district. (July 17, 2020)
16th House District Primary: School board member Patti Bounds and County Commissioner Michele Carringer face off for the chance to succeed Rep. Bill Dunn. (July 20, 2020)
18th House District Primary: In the contest to succeed Rep. Martin Daniel, Gina Oster and Eddie Mannis appeal to different wings of the Republican Party. (July 23, 2020)