Early voting totals show just 3.4% turnout in Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen election

Early voting for the city of Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen election has ended, and totals show the number of voters in this year’s election was down from 2017.

Just over 1,770 registered voters in the city have cast their ballot in the election so far—about 3.4% of registered voters—according to totals released Oct. 17 by Williamson County election officials.

Totals show Ward 3, located on the south side of the city, had the highest number of votes at 564, while Ward 1, located on the east side of the city, has the lowest turnout with just 212 votes cast.

Source: Williamson County Election Commission

This year’s turnout is lower than the last BOMA ward election in 2017, when 4.9% of voters had cast their ballot. However, totals show this year’s turnout is higher than that of the 2015 at-large election, which was 2.9%.
Administrator of Elections Chad Gray said voting totals were the largest in the last few days of early voting.

“Our turnout steadily increased the last four days of early voting and on the final day just over 260 ballots were cast," Gray said in a release. “Now voters have one more opportunity to have their voices heard—on Election Day, Tuesday, Oct. 22.”

Polls will be open from 7 a.m,.-7 p.m. on Election Day. This will be the county’s first election using newly purchased voting equipment, according to the county. The new machine uses a paper ballot marking device to identify voter selections.

Voters in Williamson County can check their voter registration status here.

For a refresher on who is running and to learn more about the candidates, check out our Q&A’s with the candidates, which ran in the September edition of Community Impact Newspaper.
By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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