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Election Day arrives

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Early voting broke records in Wilson County this year, with more than 11,000 voters casting ballots, but there are still more than 50,000 active voters in the county who haven’t yet voted.

Thursday will be their last chance, as Election Day kicks off at 7 a.m. and lasts through 7 p.m.

“We just want everybody to go vote,” said Phillip Warren, Wilson County’s Commissioner of Elections. “We’re prepared for a good crowd, and we would love for people to exercise their privilege to vote.”

Warren said that about 300 poll workers will be on-hand to help voters at the county’s 31 precincts.

“We’re prepared for [voters],” said Warren. “We’ve got some of the best-trained poll workers in Tennessee.”

The Election Commission will also have a call center open to help answer voter questions throughout the day.

Warren said the main thing voters need to know is where to cast their votes.

“If they changed their address, they need to make sure they’re going to the right place to vote,” he said. “When they go in, if they changed their address they need to talk to the special registrar.”

Voters must make sure the Election Commission has their correct address on file before casting their vote.

“They can change it that day [at the polling location],” said Warren. “It just takes a little extra time.”

He said voters who recently changed their address and are not sure where their new polling location is can call the Election Commission office or go to the location they think they’re supposed to and a poll worker can verify the correct location.

Voters with current voter cards can check the back of the card to find their assigned location.

Warren said voters do not need to bring their blue voter cards, but they must bring Tennessee-issued or federally issued photo ID.

Regarding wait times, Warren said there are not any particular times of day that would likely be more busy than others – except for as polls open and as polls close.

“There’s always people right on time for opening and at the very last second,” said Warren. “But whoever’s in line at 7 p.m. gets to vote tomorrow night.”

He said results would be released on wilsonelections.com as soon as they become available, and hard copies would be available at the commission office.

“Those are, of course, unofficial results on election night,” said Warren. “But they’re a pretty good indication of how the election goes.”

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