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Wilson polls report steady stream of voters, few issues (with video)

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:57 PM

The culmination of Election Day is just a few hours away, and polling places across Wilson County reported steady lines of voters and few problems.

“The biggest problem we’ve had is people who don’t know where to vote,” said Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren. “We’ve had several people show up at the Election Commission office to vote, but we aren’t a polling place on Election Day, just during early voting. Most everything else has gone pretty smoothly.”

Reports early in the day indicated there were problems at the Carroll Oakland Elementary School polling place. However, supervisor Gordon Rogers said the only issues came in initially setting up a new automated system for checking voter registrations.

Rogers said the delay was only about 15 minutes at the start of voting Thursday, but it caused a longer-than-expected line to form. Once the system was set up, voters moved through the polling place rather quickly by mid-morning.

Rogers, who has worked the polls at Carroll Oakland for several years, said he helped a blind woman vote Thursday, which is something he’d not done in the past. He said the computer voting machines made it possible for the ballot to be read to her so she could cast her vote.

Polls close in Wilson County and across the state Thursday at 7 p.m.

Keep track of returns in real time as they are released at lebanondemocrat.com/electioncentral

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