In just over a month since petitions have been available for elections, several people have already picked up petitions for the Aug. 7 election in Wilson County.
Picking up a petition to run is the first step for a candidate to announce their intent to run on Election Day Aug. 7, but it doesn’t necessarily mean their name will be on the ballot.
Phillip Warren, administrator of elections, said that all picking up a petition meant was that the candidate simply got a petition and that more steps were involved.
“They’ve next got to get 25 signatures of registered voters in their district that they’re running and turn that in by the qualifying deadline April 3 at noon,” Warren said.
After candidates return their petitions with the 25 signatures, the petitions would each be reviewed by the Election Commission and then filed, said Warren.
The last day to withdraw from the election is April 10 and after that the Election Commission meets to qualify candidates and make them official, Warren said.
“It’s a pretty good indication someone is going to run if they pick up a petition,” Warren said.
The last day to pick up a petition to run is April 3 at noon.
The last day to register to vote is July 8.
Warren and the Election Commission also has encouraged people to update their voter registration as petitions begin to circle for the upcoming election.
“This is a good time to do some housekeeping on your voter registration- or to get registered if you are not- before it is time to vote or it is too late to register,” said Warren. “Well maintained voter registration rolls are the foundation of fair and honest elections.
“Voters know to contact the Election Commission if they change their address or their name. But, updating their signature may not be something voters have thought about. It is important to have your current signature on your registration card. The signature on an absentee ballot request, a petition or on an application to vote must match the signature on the voter’s registration form,” says Warren.
Warren said people who registered to vote 10 or 20 years ago might not have the same signature today.
He said you could update your name, address or signature by mail by downloading the form from the election website at wilsonelections.com or in person by visiting the Election Commission office at 203 E. Main Street in Lebanon. Forms are also available at many government offices throughout the county.
“When you vote or sign a petition, having your voter registration information current and correct is necessary. Take a few minutes today to make sure your voter registration is updated. It is never too early to ensure that your voter registration is up to date,” Warren said.
For more information, visit the Wilson County Election Commission website at wilsonelections.com or call 444-0216.
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