The first week of early voting in the Federal and State Primary and County General Election is off to a promising start, according to Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren. Since last Friday, July 15, more than 1,600 Wilson Countians have participated in early voting.
Wednesday, July 20, was a popular day for early voting - with 365 people visiting the four Wilson County early voting locations to cast their ballots.
According to reports, each day has welcomed a turnout of around 300 voters - with the exception of a slower Saturday, July 16, which only saw 162 voters.
At day's end on Wednesday an approximate 1,644 had voted - 1,227 in the Republican Primary; 357 in the Democratic Primary; and 60 in the General Election.
"So far it is going great. We encourage everyone to come and early vote so that nothing comes up (that would get in the way of voting) on Election Day," said Warren. "We are on target with the same election in 2012 - within 30 votes countywide."
Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 4.
Warren added that voters have been pleased with the new vote marking system. Once a voter enters their votes digitally on the vote marking devices, a slip is printed out on paper showing their votes. The sheet is then scanned into another device, "adding another level of confidence" to the voting process.
"All it does is add the paper component," said Warren. "They can see on paper who they voted for... Wilson County is in the forefront of voting technology in the state."
Early Voting for the Federal and State Primary, Wilson County General and Lebanon Special School District will be now through Saturday, July 30.
Four locations will be open for Early Voting, and Wilson Countians can take their pick of which location is most convenient for them. Locations are: Election Commission Office, 203 East Main Street, Lebanon; Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt. Juliet; Watertown Community Center, 8630 Sparta Pike, Watertown; and the Gladeville Community Center, 95 McCreary Rd., Lebanon.
Locations will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Voters should bring a state or federally-issued photo ID to vote.
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