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Voter turnout at less than 30 percent

More than half chose to vote early
LEBANON -- Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren was proud of the poll workers and team who helped the Aug. 7 State Primary and Wilson County General Election run smoothly.
    
“We have training 30 to 60 days before the election. They have to stay on-top of online training too,” he said. “They made Wilson County proud.”
    
Another reason this election went well is because of the “great leaps in technology” the commission took, he said. The Election Commission’s website had detailed tabs explaining what voters need to bring to their voting precincts, as well as a downloadable sample ballot to prepare them for the real thing.
    
Warren, who has served at the Election Commission for three years, said the same election in August 2010 had “around the same turnout” with about 1,800 more early voters.
    
This year, 53 percent of the over 22,000 Wilson County voters who participated in the election voted early or absentee. There are 76,902 registered voters in the county.
    
Of that number, however, there were 22,639 total votes cast which represented a turnout of 29.44 percent in this election.
    
There were more early votes cast this time than those on Election Day. Early vote totals, unofficially, stand at 11,437, while 10,612 people voted on Thursday.
    
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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