Early voting turnout surpasses 2012

Jake Old • Updated Nov 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

With just three days left in the early voting period, Wilson County’s turnout has remained high, according to voter turnout data from the Wilson County Election Commission.

The first day of early voting, Oct. 19, featured possibly the largest turnout for any opening early voting day in recent memory, according to Phillip Warren, administrator of elections in Wilson County.

As of Saturday, more than 30,000 votes were cast in Wilson County. On Monday, early voting turnout officially surpassed the total number of votes cast during the early voting period in 2012, the most recent presidential election.

Including Saturdays, when voting locations close early, an average of about 2,976 votes has been cast each day during early voting.

Warren said if previous elections are any indicator, turnout should remain strong in the final three days of early voting.

“Turnout tends to be high toward the end of early voting,” he said.

Wilson County polling locations will remain open later on Thursday, the last day of early voting. Early voting locations will close at 8 p.m.

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 will be open Tuesday-Thursday starting at 8 a.m. Voting locations will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, but remain open until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Lighthouse Church closes Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“Voters in Wilson County have the advantage of well-trained election workers and an enhanced voting system that together will make their voting experience the best it can be. We encourage voters to be familiar with the ballot before coming to vote and to review their choices on the ballot marking screen and on the printed card before casting their vote,” Warren said.

Election officials across the state believe there will be significant turnout on Election Day, which is Nov. 8. Those who have not already done so are encouraged to participate in early voting to avoid the predicted long lines at polling locations on Election Day.

Daily voting totals thus far are 2,944 on Oct. 19, 3,345 on Oct. 20, 3,413 on Oct. 21, 1,749 on Oct. 22, 3,516 on Oct. 24, 2,505 on Oct. 25, 3,140 on Oct. 26, 2,977 on Oct. 27, 3,233 on Oct. 28, 1,934 on Oct. 29 and 515 absentee ballots, which were submitted Oct. 1-18.

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

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 IDs are acceptable or the GoVoteTV app, visit GoVoteTN.com. Anyone with concerns about voter fraud should contact 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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