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Warren said some former polling locations are now closed and noted the Election Commission will place signs at those locations to remind people of the closing. He said the signs would inform people to check their new blue registration card or call the Election Commission office.


People can call the office and well have people here to direct them to their polling location and make sure they know where to go, he said.


Also, every polling location will have re-direct volunteers on-hand to ensure people do not spend too long at the wrong place. Warren said these volunteers will make sure people find the right place to vote and added if anyone is unsure where they need to vote they can ask these volunteers for assistance.


Were trying to do the best we can to make sure everyone gets to vote because we want everyone to vote, we encourage everyone who hasnt already, to vote tomorrow, Warren said.


Wilson County has 73,000 eligible voters and of the 5,631 who voted early, Warren said only one had to vote by provisional ballot due to the new law requiring voters present a valid photo I.D. in order to vote.


Warren said registered voters who fail to bring the valid I.D. can still vote on a provisional ballot but have until two business days after the election to bring the valid I.D. in to the Election Commission office for their vote to count.


The deadline for tomorrow election would be Monday, Aug. 6, at 4:30 p.m.


Wilson County has been very accepting of the photo I.D. law. We didnt have any problems in March, either, Warren said.


A lawsuit has been filed in Pennsylvania by the American Civil Liberties Union contesting that states own photo I.D. law. A weeklong hearing began in that case, Applewhite v. Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, July 25.


Pennsylvania is one of nine states that passed a law requiring a valid photo I.D. to vote with the intent of preventing voter fraud.


Polls open at 7 a.m., tomorrow, for the election and close at 7 p.m. All registered voters must vote at the designated polling location on their new blue registration card.


For more information or questions about your voter registration or where to vote, call the Election Commission at 444-0216 or visit the office at 203 E. Main Street in Lebanon.


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

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