Heavy early voting, steady turnout in Precincts 2, 3


Heavy early voting, steady turnout in Precincts 2, 3

Voting was steady Tuesday morning at polls throughout Williamson’ County’s second and third precincts.

Voting was steady Tuesday morning at polls throughout Williamson’ County’s second and third precincts.

Williamson County Election Clerk Linda Catlett worked at Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School on 1000 Secluded Lane in Spring Hill. She said that voting in the first few hours had been “pretty busy” since 7 a.m.

The Officer of Election for the Chapman’s Retreat poll is Jennifer Weithman.

“We’ve been very busy this morning,” Weithman said. “It’s following a pattern similar to what we usually see. There was a big rush when we opened and a mid-morning lull. We’ll probably see another big rush at noon [when voters come on their lunch breaks].”

Matthew Maiher is the Officer of Election at the Longview Recreation Center voting poll, 2909 Commonwealth Drive in Spring Hill. He said that voting at the gym “has been steady.”

Machine Operator John Gregg brought up a different issue for voters, confusion about where they are assigned to vote.

“Before the next election happens,” Gregg said, “there needs to be an effort to let voters know where they are supposed to vote. Roughly estimating, one out of every three or four people I’ve seen in here today have found out they came to the wrong place. Williamson County issues those blue cards and they clearly tell you where you’re supposed to go. And I admit it is confusing [because it changes so often]. I’ve lived in the same house for fourteen years, but in that time I’ve been assigned to vote in four different places. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that early voters have more flexibility. But on Election Day, all too often, I’m having to send people away. Many of them are taking time off work to vote and having to go elsewhere is inconvenient.”

Officer of the Election for Heritage Elementary School’s poll at 4801 Columbia Hwy. is Mark Obermeyer.

“We have been very busy today,” Obermeyer said. “It’s not as busy as a presidential year, but still quite busy.”

Douglas Witt serves as the Officer of Election for the poll at Thompson Station Church, 2604 Thompson’s Station Road East.

“We’ve had a very good turnout,” Witt said. “We’ve been even a little bit busier than I expected. We started out busy and have stayed steady. I don’t have any sense yet of the total numbers but it’s definitely been a bigger turnout than we saw [in August].”

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @Greg_SHHP

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