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Wilson poll officials receive training

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Several Wilson County poll officials completed their classroom training for the Wilson County election Aug. 7. 

More than 300 Wilson County voters are appointed by the Election Commission to serve as poll officials for each countywide election.

Training was conducted at the Election Commission Annex for the first time this year. The Wilson County Board of Education and the Election Commission signed an agreement earlier this year to use a portion of the old Lebanon High School facility for poll official training, equipment, maintenance and storage.

 “As Wilson County grows, the demands of preparing for and administering elections grows, also,” said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections. “The Election Commission Annex at the old LHS facility allows us to offer a level of training for poll officials we were unable to provide before.”

Courses that include hands-on experience with e-poll books and voting machines coupled with classroom training are presented for every Election Day poll assignment. State law requires training for every appointed poll official before each election.

“Poll officials are well prepared for Election Day and work hard to make the voting experience the best it can be for Wilson County voters. We encourage any registered voter interested in joining our team to submit a poll worker application,” said Tammy Smith, assistant administrator.

Wilson County voters interested in becoming poll workers should complete and submit an application online at wilsonelections.com. For each election, the Election Commission appoints and trains more than 300 poll officials to serve on Election Day at 31 precincts and four early voting sites.

The deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 7 election is July 8. Early voting for the August election begins July 18 at all four locations and ends August 2. Early voting in Lebanon, Gladeville, Mt. Juliet and Watertown will be Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

“Take advantage of early voting and avoid the lines, possible inclement weather, and cast your ballot at your convenience,” Warren said.

For more information about the Election Commission, early voting or any election- or voting-related issue, visit wilsonvotes.com.

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