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Over 1,300 early votes cast so far

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Warren pointed out the county is on track to meet or surpass the early voting totals for the same election four years ago. He said only 9,307 people voted in the Aug. 2 election and 3,237 of those were early votes.


Were well on target to have a better turnout than we had in that last election, Warren said.


Local offices on this years August election ballot include County Assessor of Property, one at-large member of the Lebanon Special School District Board of Education and Wilson County Board of Education members for Zone 1, 3 and 5.


Current Assessor of Property Jack Pratt is unopposed on the ballot as are Zone 3 Wilson County school board member Don Weathers and Zone 5 board member Greg Lasater. Zone 1 board member Vikki Adkins is running for re-election against Old Hickory resident Wayne McNeese.


Also, current LSSD Board Chairman Steve Jones is running against Johnie Payton for the at-large seat on the board.


Running in the State Primary for Districts 46 and 57 State Representative are current District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, who is unopposed, and current District 57 State Rep. Linda Elam, R-Mt. Juliet, who is running against Susan Lynn who formerly held that position.


Despite new voter registration cards being issued last month, Warren said there have been no problems with early voting thus far. He added that early voting is the perfect time for anyone to come in and correct their address or any other registration issues.


You may vote at the Election Commission office at 203 E. Main Street in Lebanon and the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., in Mt. Juliet.


All four locations will be open on the days listed, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.


Starting Monday, July 23, polling locations will open at the Gladeville Community Center on McCrary Road and at the Watertown Community Center at 8630 Sparta Pike.


Warren said the Election Commission is hopeful for a strong turnout in early voting to ease the pressure on Election Day. He said early voting is more relaxed and easier on voters and poll workers alike.


Wed like to see more people at early voting just to take the pressure off on Election Day. Wed like to have 50 percent turnout for early voting, but we havent had that in Wilson County, Warren said.


For more information or if you have questions about your voter registration card, you may visit the Election Commission office or call 444-0216.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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