Wilson County's early voting totals continue to impress.
According to the Wilson County Election Commission website through Monday, 23,541 people have taken advantage of early voting, and 855 absentee votes have been recorded, for 24,396 votes counted.
Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, respectively, continue to lead the charge of early voters.
Wilson County Administrator of Elections Philip Warren said Tuesday the recent cold weather doesn't seem to bother would-be early voters.
"We've been pretty busy [Tuesday]," he said. "They're still coming out."
He said this year has seen the most early voters he can recall.
"It's the most since I've been here," Warren said. "We've voted as many people in early voting as voted in the last two elections in March and August put together."
He thinks people are getting the message about the ease of early voting.
"Everything we've done with the press we've talked about early voting to encourage this. I think the people of Wilson County have paid attention," he said.
Warren said the more people who vote early, the less hectic Election Day will be on Tuesday.
"We've got 76,000 registered voters and, if they all showed up on Election Day, the lines would be awful," he said. "A lot of people would give up and not vote, and we want everybody to vote."
Early voting continues until Thursday at 6 p.m. at all four locations in Wilson County – Watertown Community Center, Election Commission Office in Lebanon, Mt Juliet Community Center and Gladeville Community Center.
For Halloween, Warren and his band of hardy election workers will be at work helping people vote.
"We're working until 6 p.m.," he said. "We'll hand out candy after that."
Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org.