Early voting has ended for the Sept. 12 runoff election, and early voting data shows just less than 50,000 people visited the polls ahead of Election Day.
The runoff election will decide races for the mayor, four at-large council members and one district council seat in Southwest Nashville as well as other district seats around the city.
According to the Davidson County Election Commission, 48,416 people participated in early voting. The total, which accounts for just more than 11% of registered voters, is 299 fewer votes than early voting turnout for the Aug. 1 general election.
Nashville mayoral candidates John Cooper and incumbent David Briley are on the ballot after neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote during the Aug. 1 Metro Nashville elections.
Cooper, a current at-large council member, led with 34.98% of votes ahead of Briley, who earned 25.28%.
Also on the ballot for the runoff election are eight at-large candidates. Fifteen candidates ran for five seats in the Aug. 1 election, and eight candidates—Zulfat Suara, Sharon W. Hurt, Sheri Weiner, Burkley Allen, Fabian Bedne, Howard Jones, Steve Glover and Gary W. Moore—are on the ballot in the runoff.
In District 23, incumbent Mina Johnson is facing off against Thom Druffel after neither candidate received 50% or more of the vote Aug. 1.
Of the 11 early voting locations, the Green Hills Library reported the highest turnout with 6,083 people.
On Election Day, more than 1,500 poll officials will staff 160 voting locations across Davidson County, including 25 in Southwest Nashville. Registered voters must vote at their designated location on Election Day.