Wilson early voting starts Friday

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Early voting begins Friday for the Aug. 7 federal and state Republican and Democratic primaries and the Wilson County General Election. 

There will be four early voting sites available in Wilson County again this election.

“Having four conveniently located early voting sites makes voting available to Wilson County voters near where they work, shop or live,” said Phillip Warren administrator of elections. “Each election, more voters are finding that by taking advantage of Early Voting they avoid possible bad weather, lines or anything else that might keep them from their assigned polling place on Election Day.”

The Wilson County general election ballot has every county office except property assessor, all Wilson County and 15th Judicial District judges, state Supreme and Appellate Court judges and two countywide referendums making this the longest ballot since 2006, Warren said. Sample ballots are available online at wilsonelections.com and will be printed in the local newspapers and posted at all early voting sites and Election Day polls. 

“Sample ballots and the 2014 Voter Handbook are available on our website to provide election and voting information to prepare Wilson County voters for the upcoming election. We fill our website with resources to make the voting experience in Wilson County the best it can be,” said Warren. 

Several voters have posted pictures on the Election Commission’s Facebook page to increase awareness of early voting. Voters are encouraged to join this effort by downloading the sign from wilsonvotes.com, taking a picture, posting it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #wilsonvotes and sharing the information with friends.

“With this effort to promote early voting, Wilson County has expanded the successful statewide voter registration drive initiated by Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins,” said Warren. “It has been great to have voters involved in spreading information about early voting and elections through social media. They encourage their friends and followers to participate in elections and to vote,” Warren said.

Early voting is available from Friday through Aug. 2 at the Election Commission Office at 203 E. Main St. in Lebanon; the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy.; the Gladeville Community Center at 95  McCreary Road; and  the Watertown Community Center at 8630 Sparta Pike. 

All locations are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sample ballots and more information about voting are available at wilsonelections.com or by calling the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216.

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