Wilson County election commissioners Monday inspected and sealed the voting machines to be used for early voting and the 31 Election Day precincts for the Aug. 7 federal and state Republican and Democrat primaries and Wilson County general election.
“Before each election, machine technicians test every voting machine and prepare it for use during early voting or on Election Day,” said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections. “The machine technicians spend many hours to ensure the voting machines are ready for service.”
Election commissioners inspect the voting machines to certify they work properly and are securely sealed.
“Preparation for elections is a year-round process and very detailed,” Warren said. “Election Day is the culmination of actions taken each and every day in preparation for the one big day.”
The Election Commission and the Wilson County Board of Education reached an agreement earlier this year allowing the commission to use portions of the old Lebanon High School for machine maintenance, training and storage of election supplies.
“The additional space has allowed us to continue to meet the election demands of a growing county with efficiency and security,” said Warren.
Early voting will be available from Friday through Aug. 2 at four locations in Wilson County, including the Election Commission Office at 203 E. Main St. in Lebanon; the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy.; the Gladeville Community Center at 95 McCreary Road; and the Watertown Community Center at 8630 Sparta Pike.
All locations will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sample ballots and more information about voting are available at wilsonelections.com or by calling the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216.