Early voting results show interesting turnouts
AMELIA MORRISON HIPPS
Only four days remain for early voting in the County General/Federal & State Primary Aug. 7 election, and results so far show some interesting turnout numbers for certain races.
As of the close of polling places on Monday, July 28, a total of 7,212 registered voters had cast ballots either through early voting or by the receipt of absentee ballots.
“We’re doing very well in Wilson County,” said Phillip Warren, Wilson County administrator of elections.
Warren said he’s confident Wilson County remains in the top 10 percent in the state in terms of early voting turnout.
“I don’t think we’re in the top five anymore because some of the larger counties opened more polling places, but we’re definitely in the top 10 and way ahead of 2010,” he said.
According to Monday’s Wilson County Election Commission’s Media Report, 6,997 had voted at one of the four early voting polling places, while the office had received 215 absentee ballots.
The Republican ballot continues to dominate as the one asked for by voters at 5,104, while voters requested 1,531 Democratic ballots and 362 General Only ballots.
The majority of votes cast thus far – 3,402 – have been at the Wilson County Election Commission Office, while the polling place at the Mt. Juliet Community Center has had 2,176 votes cast.
The Gladeville Community Center has had 780 voters enter the booths, while 424 voters have voted at the Watertown Community Center.
An advantage of early voting is that people can vote at any of the four polling places throughout the county regardless of where they live, according to Warren. For example, a voter who lives in Watertown could vote in Mt. Juliet if she wishes.
“There are people from all over the county who are voting,” Warren said, noting that some County Commission district races are showing stronger turnouts than others.
The top six County Commission districts with the largest percentage of eligible voters casting ballots through Monday in early voting show a mix of contested and non-contested races.
Theses districts are:
Includes the County Commission contested race between incumbent Bernie Ash and challengers Robert Pelt and Sue Vanatta, as well as being one of the districts in the Zone 4 School Board race with incumbent Ron Britt facing challengers Linda Armistead and Sam Green.
County Commissioner Gary Keith is running unopposed, as is Zone 5 School Board member Larry Tomlinson.
Includes the County Commission contested race between incumbent Kenneth Reich and challenger Kevin Graves, as well as Tomlinson’s school board race.
Includes the County Commission contested race between incumbent Sarah Patton and challengers, James Copas, Jason Haley and Gary Tarpley, as well as unopposed Zone 2 School Board Member Bill Robinson’s seat.
Includes the County Commission contested race between incumbent Paul Abercrombie and challenger Joy Bishop, as well as the Zone 4 School Board race with three candidates.
County Commissioner Mike Justice is running unopposed, as is Zone 5 School Board member Tomlinson.
Early voting will continue through this Saturday, Aug. 2, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations:
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 still want to encourage folks to early vote, and then they can just sit back and wait for the results on Election Day,” Warren said.
For any questions or assistance, contact the Wilson County Election Commission at (614) 444-0216 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent for The Wilson Post. She may be reached at email@example.com.