Today is Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Two days left for Early Voting

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Registered voters have only two days left cast their ballots during Early Voting for the County General/Federal & State Primary Election slated for next Thursday, Aug. 7.

Polls at the following four locations will be open today until 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.:

  • Wilson County Election Commission Office, 203 East Main Street, Lebanon

  • Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet

  • Gladeville Community Center, 95 McCreary Road

  • Watertown Community Center, 8630 Sparta Pike, Watertown

“Traditionally, the first day and the last couple of days have the highest turnouts,” said Phillip Warren Wilson County administrator of elections Thursday morning. “We had over 1,000 people come out the first day, and so far, today has been pretty consistent.”

According to the Early Voting & Absentee Media Report from the Wilson County Election Commission, a total of 8,810 ballots had been received either through Early Voting or absentee voting through Wednesday, July 30.

Of that total, 8,571 had voted at one of the four Early Voting polling places, while 239 absentee ballots have been received at the commission.

Requests for Republican ballots continue to overshadow the Democratic and General Only ballots at 6,272. Voters have requested just 1,877 Democratic ballots and only 422 General Only ballots through July 30.

Geographically, voters have turned out the most at the Lebanon polling site with 4,142 ballots cast, followed by 2,764 in Mt. Juliet, 922 in Gladeville and 504 in Watertown.

Warren also wanted to remind voters that a great thing about Early Voting is that regardless of where they live, they can vote at any of the four polling places.

“For example, you may live in Mt. Juliet but find yourself in Watertown with some time to kill, and you can go vote there,” he said.

However, regardless of when or where you vote, Warren reminded voters that a requirement before voting is showing their Tennessee state or federally issued photo identification, so please remember to bring it when you go vote.

“We want to encourage folks to come out today and tomorrow and vote early,” he said, adding that there are 76,000 eligible voters in the county.

“The more people who vote early, the shorter the lines will be next Thursday,” Warren said. “And considering this ballot is the longest since 2006, that is an incentive to come on out and vote early.”

A sample ballot is included in today’s issue of The Wilson Post on pages 12-13.

Warren also encouraged voters to study the candidates and mark the sample ballot before casting their vote to help speed up the voting process.

For any questions or assistance, contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or via email at

Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent for The Wilson Post. She may be reached at

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