Typical Election Day after-work surge didn’t happen


Typical Election Day after-work surge didn’t happen

Poll workers on Tuesday predicted a final rush between 5 p.m. and when the polls closed, at 7 p.m.

But according to Chad Gray, Williamson County elections administrator, there wasn’t much of a surge after work at most polling places.

And the voter turnout percentage — 72 percent — fell short of the 79 percent turnout in 2008.

That year voting continued long after the 7 p.m. closing time at some polls: all voters already in line by 7 p.m. are allowed to vote.

Final numbers in Williamson County were reported by about 8:45 p.m., after a short delay due to technical problems at the Triune Baptist Church poll.

The ballot was relatively short and things moved briskly all day.

“We had a little rush this morning, but no one had to stand in like more than about 10 minutes. Everything has been just fine,” Sunset Elementary poll worker John Palmer said Tuesday afternoon.

Folks at other polls agreed, describing the process as “smooth and easy.”

Voters cast ballots at Liberty Elementary in Franklin. // ZACH HARMUTH PHOTO
Voters cast ballots at Liberty Elementary in Franklin. // ZACH HARMUTH PHOTO

Kelly Gilfillan, Zach Harmuth, Josh Vardaman, and Emily West contributed to this story.

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