State law doesn’t allow any campaign materials within 100 feet of a polling booth. Darlene Eley set up a lawn chair right outside the boundary on Wednesday morning to campaign for Sherry Anderson. / Photo by Matt Blois
By MATT BLOIS
Early voting got off to a brisk start in Williamson County on Wednesday.
The ballot includes primaries for County Commissioners, Sheriff, court and county clerks and the Register of Deeds.
The Williamson County Election Commission counted 439 votes by the end of the day. That includes the early election locations, mail in ballots and nursing homes. More than 350 people voted in the Republican primary while 51 people voted in the Democratic primary.
Most voters cast their ballots at the election commission’s office, but the Brentwood Library was open for early voting as well.
Exactly 100 feet away from the library, Darlene Eley held a campaign sign for Sherry Anderson, a candidate running for Register of Deeds. State law doesn’t allow any campaign materials within 100 feet of a polling booth, and Eley set up a lawn chair right outside the boundary on Wednesday morning.
“Today I’m just out here supporting her,” she said. “If anybody’s got any questions concerning her I’d be glad to answer them.”
Eley worked in the office of the Register of Deeds for two decades with Anderson. In 1986, she campaigned for the current Register of Deeds Sadie Wade. More than 30 years later, she’s campaigning again, this time for Anderson.
Across the parking lot, Paula Uhlir held up a campaign sign for Anderson’s challenger, Julie Hannah. She stood by a stop sign, thanking passing drivers for voting.
Christopher Richards, a candidate for the County Commission, was there to do the same thing. He held one sign for himself and one sign for Jennifer Luteran, another candidate who has been campaigning with him.
He said Wednesday morning was pretty quiet. Only 38 people had voted at the Brentwood Library by noon on Wednesday.
Early voting continues through April 26 at the Election Commission’s office and the Brentwood Library. From now until April 23, the polls there are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. From April 23 to 26, the polls are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Starting on April 23 early voting locations will open at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin, the Fairview Recreations Center, the Nolensville Recreation Center, and the Longview Recreation Center in Spring Hill. Those locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until April 26.
The regular voting day is May 1.