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Early voting begins

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

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

The early voting period will last through Aug. 2.

Four early voting sites will again be available in Wilson County.

“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 four early voting locations in Wilson County are: the Election Commission Office at 203 E. Main St. in Lebanon, the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway, the Gladeville Community Center at 95 McCreary Road, and the Watertown Community Center at 8630 Sparta Pike.

All locations will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

A Tennessee-issued or federally issued photo ID must be presented to vote.

For the Aug. 7 Wilson County General Election, the ballot will be filled with 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. 

Sample ballots are available online at wilsonelections.com, will be printed in the newspaper and will be 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,” Warren said. “We fill our website with resources to make the voting experience in Wilson County the best it can be.”

Voters can join the early voting efforts by posting pictures on the Election Commission’s Facebook page to help raise awareness. Join the effort by downloading the sign from wilsonvotes.com, taking a picture, posting it on Facebook and Twitter using #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,” Warren said. “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.” 

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