Secretary of State makes stop at Williamson polling location


Secretary of State makes stop at Williamson polling location

By EMILY R. WEST

Secretary of State Tre Hargett stood Tuesday afternoon in the Williamson County Ag Expo Center talking to polling workers.

Only a handful of voters were flitting in and out of the polling location before the lunchtime rush. As Hargett was leaving, more started filing in to cast their ballots.

“We have a good, bipartisan base of election workers at these polls,” Hargett said, standing beside a table full of voters showing their identifications. “When people come in here, they don’t feel like they are seeing Republicans or Democrats. They are seeing people from their community who only want to make sure they get through this process.”

After making a stop at Page High School, Hargett decided to visit workers at Franklin’s newest early voting polling location. In addition those 18 and older voting, all of Williamson County’s high schools will participate in a statewide mock election.

Hargett said he’s trying to encourage as much early voting across the state as possible to have shorter lines at the polls on Election Day.

“Anytime we can get people to early vote, we think of that as a good thing,” he said. “If history is an indicator, 60 percent of those registered will early vote. It’s hard to say if we will surpass turnouts from previous years, but if we stay at this pace, we could.”

Williamson County is already on track to break its own voting records. More than 30,000 residents have already voted in less than a week since the polls have opened. That amounts to at least 20 percent of registered voters and twice the amount of people who cast a ballot in the Aug. 4 primary.

“We’ve already passed voting totals in Rutherford and Hamilton [counties],” Williamson County Election Commissioner Chad Gray said. “We are pushing around 32,000 today. We should see around 95,000 who vote early, and that will be the most we’ve ever had.”

Gray said he had also watched the Ag Expo become a convenient early voting poll location, one they had never used before this election cycle.

“We chose this location because of the growth in the Berry Farms area and the Carothers Parkway extension,” Gray said. “It helps service those in Thompson’s Station and Spring Hill. Some precincts in Thompson’s Station have already had 20 percent of voter participation.”

Haven’t voted yet? Here’s where you can:

BRENTWOOD

The Brentwood Library
8109 Concord Road Brentwood, TN 37027
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

FAIRVIEW

Fairview Recreation Center
2714 Fairview Boulevard Fairview, TN 37062
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

FRANKLIN

Williamson County Administrative Complex (Election Commission)
1320 West Main Street Franklin, TN 37064
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

The Factory at Franklin (near Liberty Hall)
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

Williamson County Ag Expo Center
4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

NOLENSVILLE

Nolensville Recreation Center
7250 Nolensville Road Nolensville, TN 37135
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

SPRING HILL

Longview Recreation Center
2909 Commonwealth Drive Spring Hill, TN 37174
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at your designated Election Day polling place based on your residential address.

For more information, visit www.williamsonvotes.net, download the GoVoteTN voter App or call the Election Commission office at (615) 790-5711.

Emily West covers the City of Franklin, education and high school football for the Franklin Home Page. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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