Strong turnout shown in early voting continues on Election Day in Williamson County


Strong turnout shown in early voting continues on Election Day in Williamson County

By MATT BLOIS

Voting has been steady on election day in Williamson County.

Despite heavy rain and tornado warnings on Monday night, voters are making their way to the polls without many issues under blue skies.

In many precincts more than half of registered voters already cast a ballot during early voting.

The Brenthaven Church precinct in Brentwood had one of the highest turnouts in early voting. It’s also the county’s largest precinct. About 58 percent of the 5,600 voters already voted.

That left about 2,400 people who could still cast a ballot. By 11 a.m. 400 of those people had voted.

Poll Worker Mike Young said that there was a line at 7 a.m., but that number quickly died down.

The Brentwood Library also had a high turnout during early voting, and that’s preventing lines on election day. A poll worker estimated that about 60 people per hour were voting at the library on Thursday morning. Most of the voting machines were open at about 1:30 p.m.

Supporters for Democrat Rebecca Purington and Republican Brandon Ogles were outside the polls at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home on Tuesday morning. Both are hoping to represent District 61 in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Chuck Blackburn, the husband of Senate Candidate Marsha Blackburn, also was talking to voters outside the polls.

Almost 400 people had voted at the Children’s Home by 1 p.m. Poll Worker Wilburn Honeycutt said things had mostly been running smoothly.

“Quite frequently we’ve had all five machines taken,” he said. “There have been previous elections of lesser consequence that we hardly have the machines full all day.”

Poll workers had to turn several people away because their information had been purged by the local election commission and were no longer registered.

Those voters can cast a provisional ballot, but the ballot will only count if they can show they should have been registered on election day.

Voters in Tennessee can be purged for several reasons. Local election commissions can remove voter information if a voter fails to respond to a confirmation notice, and fails to update his or her registration over the course of two November election cycles following the confirmation notice.

Voters can also request to be removed. Local election commissions can remove voters if they die or change their name for any reason other than marriage.

If someone is convicted of a felony they lose the right to vote in Tennessee and their information can be purged.

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