BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 6 elections.
Residents may either submit a voter registration form in person, or register to vote online by clicking here.
To register in person, Williamson County residents will need to download and print the registration form and deliver it in person to the Williamson County Administration Building at 1320 West Main Street in Franklin. The registration form can be downloaded from the Tennessee government website by clicking here.
Both voter registration and voter turnout rates have been historically low in Tennessee. The most recent midterm elections of 2014 saw Tennessee ranked as having the 40th lowest voter registration numbers in the country. In terms of voter turnout, Tennessee was ranked 50th – the single worst performance for the state, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study.
Despite the poor performance statewide, Williamson County regularly sees turnout rates that far exceed the average of the country, and were actually the single-highest rates during the 2016 election at 72.11 percent. Only two other counties in the state managed to exceed a 70 percent turnout rate; Wilson County at 71.12, and Loudon County at 70.02. The single worst performing county in the state in terms of voter turnout during the 2016 election was Hancock County in East Tennessee, at 46.11 percent.
Election day 2018 is November 6. Early voting runs Oct. 17 to Nov. 1. For details on voting locations in Williamson County, click here.