Wilson early voters exceed pace

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

The turnout is strong for early voting in Wilson County, and voters are finding short wait times and friendly poll officials at all four early voting sites, according to Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren.

“With the strong turnout, voters are showing their commitment to voting,” Warren said. “Because they have already voted, they won’t have to worry about anything keeping them from making it to their assigned polling place on Election Day. By voting early, voters can anxiously look forward to Election Day and hearing the results.”

As of Tuesday, the 10th day of early voting, 7,794 voters cast early votes and 230 voters cast absentee votes. The number of early voters represents an increase of 1,808 votes cast during the same time frame in 2010.

Early voting sites in Mt. Juliet, Gladeville, Lebanon and Watertown are open Monday through Saturday so voters can cast their ballot near where they shop, work and live, Warren said. He reminded voters to bring their Tennessee or federally issued photo identification when they come to vote. 

“Having the voter registration card is helpful but not necessary to vote,” Warren said. 

Wilson County voters may cast ballots at any of the four early voting locations regardless of where they live. On Election Day, voters are required to vote at their assigned polling location.

Poll workers are trained specifically to staff the early voting sites. 

“Wilson County is fortunate to have a large number of dedicated well trained poll workers to staff early voting and Election Day polls,” said Warren. “Poll workers in Wilson County are known for their competence and for greeting voters with a smile.”

The ballot that awaits voters for this election is the largest ballot since 2006. This election includes the Republican and Democratic federal and state primary and the Wilson County general elections. The Election Commission offered the 2014 Voter Handbook and sample ballots online at wilsonvotes.com to help Wilson County voters be prepared and have the best voting experience possible. Sample ballots were printed in all local newspapers and are posted at the early voting sites.

Early voting is available through Saturday at the Election Commission Office at 203 E. Main St. in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Gladeville Community Center at 95 McCreary Road and Watertown Community Center at 8630 Sparta Pike. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  

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