Poll Officials Kick Off the 2018 Election Cycle
Lebanon, TN – Wilson County Poll Officials gathered Wednesday, January 3rd, at the Election Commission office for a reception thanking them for their service in 2017 and to kick off the 2018 election year.
Over 300 Wilson County voters are recruited, trained and serve as poll officials at the five early voting sites and the 31 Election Day polling locations each election. These poll officials answered the call in November and December 2017 when a special election was called by Gov. Haslam to fill a vacancy in the 17th District State Senate seat. The reception honors these dedicated individuals for their willingness to serve making the election experience in Wilson County the best it can be.
In 2014, voters were greeted at the polls by smiles, electronic poll books and no long lines to check in. In 2016, the voting experience was further enhanced with the introduction of the Express Vote system. Innovations over the years have reduced wait times, increased efficiency and have added an additional level of voter confidence with the paper ballot marking system. Through all the improvements, Wilson County poll officials have eagerly mastered the technology and procedures necessary to successfully administer every election.
“We cannot adequately express our gratitude to these special men and women that make elections in Wilson County so good. Their smiles, competency and commitment to fair and honest elections are inspiring. This reception is a way for us to say thank you to them for all they do for elections and our county.” said Assistant Administrator of Elections Tammy Smith.
There are two elections scheduled for 2018- August 2nd, Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary, Wilson County General and LSSD Board elections and November 6th , Federal and State General and Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown municipal elections.
Wilson County Mayor, Trustee, Court Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, all 25 County Commissioners, four County School Board members, five Constables, and one LSSD Board member will be on the August 2nd Wilson County General Election ballot. Offices on the Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary ballots will be U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Governor, 17th District State Senate, 46th State House, 57th State House and Executive Committeeman & Committeewoman for Senate District 17. Winners of the primaries will appear on the November 6th Federal and State General Election ballot.
Petitions for candidates seeking to be included on the August 2nd ballot will be issued beginning Friday, January 5th, 2018 at the Election Commission office at 203 East Main Street in Lebanon. Qualifying deadline is April 5th, 2018 at NOON. Petition activity will be posted on the Election Commission website, www.WilsonVotes.com.
Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections, said “We encourage anyone interested in the upcoming elections or with questions about running for office, elections or voting to contact us. Our website, www.WilsonVotes.com is a great resource for voters and candidates.”
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.WilsonVotes.com.
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