Qualifying Deadline Less Than A Year Away
Lebanon, TN – The qualifying deadline for the August 2nd, 2018 Federal and State Primary and Wilson County General Election is less than a year away on Thursday, April 5th , 2018 at Noon. There are no elections scheduled for Wilson County in 2017.
The election in August 2018 will determine who represents Wilson County residents at home, in Nashville and in Washington. The Wilson County General Election will include County Mayor, Trustee, Register of Deeds, Court Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, 25 County Commissioners, Sheriff, five Constables, and three school Board members all running for four year terms. The Lebanon Special School District will elect one member for a six year term. There will also be a Republican and Democratic Primary for Governor, US Senate, 6th District US Congress, 17th District State Senate, the 46th and 57th District State Representatives and 17th Senate District state Republican and Democratic committeemen and women.
The first step in running for office is to complete the petition process. Petitions may be picked up for the August 2018 election starting January 5th, 2018 at the Wilson County Election Commission office at 203 East Main St. in Lebanon. Generally, 25 signatures of qualified voters living in the candidate’s precinct, district or zone are required. Qualifications, duties and information about the local offices can be easily found in the 2017-2018 Voter Handbook. The Handbook is in its third edition and has been updated for this election cycle. It is available on the Wilson County Election Commission website – www.WilsonVotes.com.
Some candidates may not wait until January to announce their intention to seek office. Announcing candidacy can be done before petitions are available, but funds cannot be raised or spent by a candidate until a campaign treasurer has been appointed. Appointment of a campaign treasurer is a critical first step that can be done any time with forms and instructions accessible at www.WilsonVotes.com.
Voters who want to be involved in elections in a meaningful way are encouraged to consider serving as a Poll official. To learn more about the opportunities available as a poll official visit www.WilsonVotes.com and submit a Poll Worker application. For each election, the Election Commission appoints and trains poll officials to serve on Election Day at the 31 precincts and at the five early voting sites.
Administrator of Elections, Phillip Warren reminds voters that, “even though the next election is a year away preparation is a daily activity at the Election Commission. Voter registration maintenance is an major part of our daily activity as we get ready for the next election. Remember, when you move, please update your voter registration along with your driver’s license and mail.”
To learn more about elections, voting and how you can be involved with Wilson County elections contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or online at www.Wilsonelections.com.
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