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While some worry that the turnout for early voting in the County Genera/Federal and State Primary election on Aug. 7 may be low, Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said Tuesday morning the county is actually in the top four or five in terms of turnout through Monday.

Warren said as of the end of Monday, 2,427 people had voted and the lines have been steady.

“We’ve been pretty steady each day, and so far today, it’s been pretty steady across the county,” Warren said Tuesday morning. “Looking at it statewide, we’re having a good turnout for races like this.”

Warren said while the ballot is really long, “For an informed voter, voting doesn’t take as long. So we encourage voters to become informed about the candidates and issues before voting.”

The Republican and Democratic primary ballots, both of which include the Wilson County General Election candidates, are 12 pages long each, while the ballot for the county general election only is 11 pages long.

Changes have been made to speed up the process of voting, such as using an electronic check-in system, which means a person can go to any poll worker and register. There’s no more waiting in line according to your last name, Warren said.

“Also, we’ve added machines at the early voting polling places as well,” he said.

According to the Election Commission’s daily Early Voting and Absentee Media Report issued on Monday evening after the polls closed, the largest turnout for early voting was the first day of voting last Friday with 1,060. On Saturday, 392 voters turned out to cast their ballots, while 833 voted on Monday.

Broken down by polling places, Lebanon has had the most voters vote early with 1,146. Mt. Juliet has seen 702 voters, while Gladeville has had 280 early voters and Watertown has had 148.

Absentee ballots received thus far total 151.

Voters have requested more Republican primary ballots (1,760) by more than double the number of Democratic primary ballots (523), while 144 voters have requested General Election ballots only.

Early voting will continue through Saturday, Aug. 2, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • 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

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.

For any questions or assistance, contact the Wilson County Election Commission at (614) 444-0216 or via email at info@wilsonelections.com.

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

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