Wilson County’s early voting is off to a strong start.
Early voting for the Aug. 7 federal and state primary and county general election began Friday.
“It’s going really well; we’ve got a great turnout,” said Phillip Warren, Wilson County’s administrator of elections.
So far, 2,437 residents have cast their votes, either by mail or at one of four early voting locations – the Wilson County Election Commission office in Lebanon, the Gladeville Community Center, the Mt. Juliet Community Center and the Watertown Community Center.
“All four locations are staying really busy,” said Warren.
He said it was difficult to compare early voting numbers to previous elections. Daily turnout numbers from the 2010 election are not available.
“That would be the most comparable election,” said Warren.
He noted, though, that every election is different.
“We had a great turnout for early voting in 2012,” he said.
Warren encouraged voters who haven’t yet voted to take advantage of early voting and avoid the long lines of 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. Sample ballots are available online at wilsonelections.com.
Early voting will last through Aug. 2. All locations are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.