Cumberland University and the Wilson County Election Commission are working together on a project to make the voting experience in Wilson County the best it can be.
Students in Eric Landis’ MBA class teamed with Election Commission officials to gather data about how long it takes to vote a ballot like in the upcoming Aug. 7 election.
“The August ballot will have a large number of races on it,” said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections. “This research helps us be prepared and have adequate voting machines at the polls on Election Day.”
The Aug. 7 General Election ballot will include all 15th judicial offices and all Wilson County offices, except property assessor. Along with the General Election, there will be a federal and state primary for all state legislative offices, governor, Congress and U.S. Senate.
“The students are setting up voting machines and gathering data around the county to depict the voting experience of Wilson County voters accurately,” said Tammy Smith, assistant administrator. “The results of this project will not only help us to be better prepared for the August election but we will share the data with other Tennessee counties so that we can all plan for the upcoming long ballot.”
Paul Stumb, dean and professor of the Cumberland University Labry School of Business and Technology, said, “Cumberland University students come from more than 15 different countries and most every state in the union. A large percentage of CU students call Wilson and contiguous counties home. For this reason, most CU students have a genuine interest in both local and Tennessee politics.
“The Wilson County Election Commission, under the able leadership of Phillip Warren and Tammy Smith, has afforded our students a wonderful and unique opportunity to apply some of the skills that we are endeavoring to teach in the classroom to an important real-world situation. It's our belief that hands-on applications, such as this project, not only serve as valuable learning experiences for our students, but also foster and promote more civic-minded graduates. We are grateful for the chance to participate, and are always looking for other similar opportunities for our students within the Middle Tennessee community.”
“The Wilson County Election Commission is always preparing for the next election. Our mission is to build on the tradition of good elections and to provide the best voting experience possible for Wilson County voters.” Warren said. “If you see members of Dr. Landis’ MBA class set up with voting machines, please take a few minutes to participate.”