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Wilson County sees high turnout for early voting

Jake Old • Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Wednesday marked the opening day of early voting, and according to Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren, it was the highest turnout on an opening day in recent memory.

“That was probably a record day for the first day,” Warren said. “It normally picks up toward the end of early voting.”

A total of 2,944 votes were cast Wednesday in Wilson County, and with absentee ballots included, the total is 3,459.

Warren said he thinks the high first day total will be indicative of a large turnout in this year’s election.

“I think we’re going to have a great turnout, and that’s what we want,” Warren said. 

In the November 2012 election, the most recent presidential election, the first two days of early voting saw 5008 votes cast, according to Warren. By the time the polls closed on Thursday 6,804 people had voted in the 2016 election, meaning 35 percent more people in Wilson County have showed up to vote so far in this election.

Early voting accounted for 30,924 of the 51,780 total votes cast in the November 2012 election.

Election officials throughout the state encourage voters to participate in early voting to avoid lines on Election Day. Early voting continues through Nov. 3, and Election Day is Nov. 8.

“Tennesseans have broken records this election cycle and Nov. 8 will be an incredibly busy day across the state and nation,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Early voting offers voters a convenient opportunity to cast their ballots instead of waiting until Election Day.”

Wilson County residents who choose to vote early should remember to bring a valid photo identification. Photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government, including driver’s licenses, or the federal government are acceptable, even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

Votes may be cast at any one of the following five locations in Wilson County: the election commission office at 203 E. Main St. in Lebanon, the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway in Mt. Juliet, the Watertown Community Center at 8630 Sparta Pike in Watertown, the Gladeville Community Center at 95 McCreary Rd. in Gladeville or Lighthouse Church at 6141 Saundersville Rd.

All voting locations are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lighthouse Church closes Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The easiest way for voters to find more information about the election is through the GoVoteTN app. Voters can download the free app in the App Store or Google Play to view voter-specific information.

For questions about voting, what types of ID are acceptable or the GoVoteTN app, visit GoVoteTN.com. Anyone with concerns about voter fraud should call the Division of Elections toll free at 1-877-850-4959.

For more information about elections in Wilson County, contact the election commission at 615-444-0216 or wilsonelections.com

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