Wilson County voters thank veterans

Staff Reports • Updated Dec 27, 2014 at 7:59 PM

People who voted at the four early voting sites during the Nov. 4 election signed the banners.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett introduced a program in 2012 called Honor Vote. 

“The Honor Vote program provides Tennessee citizens an opportunity to dedicate their vote to those who are serving or have served in the U.S. military. Their important contributions ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each election day,” said Hargett.

Dedications to the Honor Vote program were made available again this year. In Wilson County, the program provided additional opportunities for voters to participate. Voters could complete a form online or submit the information to the Election Commission office dedicating their vote to an individual who has served or is serving in the military. The dedications were published on the Secretary of State’s website, and the voter received a button they could wear when voting. In addition to the public honor given on the statewide website, banners were posted at each early voting location for voters to sign as a lasting tribute of thanks.

“The response to the Honor Vote program and the banners was overwhelming. The banners are covered with signatures of voters expressing their thanks to those who are serving or have served in the armed services protecting democracy and our freedom,” said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections.

The banners were presented as a thank you from the voters of Wilson County to veterans in Wilson County. Banners went to American Legion Post 15, American Legion Post 281, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5015, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1004, and the Wilson County Veteran’s Affairs Office.

To see the Honor Vote dedications visit tnsos.net/elections/honor_vote. The program is currently closed and will be available again in 2016.

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