A year after a general election cycle that produced the highest early-voting turnout ever in Williamson County, new early-voting returns show much lower participation for this year’s election.

According to unofficial early voting summaries from the Williamson County Elections Department, 2.43% of registered voters in the county cast ballots during the first week of early voting, which began Oct. 18.

In total, 8,176 county voters cast early ballots over the past week. An additional 9,548 registered county voters cast ballots by mail or sent in provisional or limited ballots.

Registered Williamson County voters can vote at any polling location within the county. The county has established 17 separate early-voting sites countywide, according to the elections department. A list of those polling locations can be found here.

The Sun City Cowan Creek Amenity Center was the busiest early-voting location out of all the ballot sites in Williamson County with 1,449 residents reported voting at that location. It was the only site countywide to record more than 1,000 ballots cast during the first week of early voting, according to numbers from the elections department.

Last year, Williamson County residents cast early-voting ballots in record numbers during the November 2020 general election. Approximately 69% of registered Williamson County voters cast ballots in the early-voting period last year, the highest turnout ever recorded by the county.

This is considered an off-year election cycle, meaning local residents will not cast a vote on any federal representative positions.

Several local races are still being held this election cycle, however. Depending on where they live, Williamson County residents may vote on city council seats, local school district bonds, city propositions and more. Further, voters will decide on eight statewide propositions this year. To see what may be on your ballot in your community, visit Community Impact Newspaper’s Local Voter Guide page here.