Williamson County preparing for large turnout for Nov. 3 election

Early voting in Tennessee begins Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Early voting in Tennessee begins Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Early voting in Tennessee begins Oct. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Voters will begin casting their ballots later this week, and Williamson County is getting ready for what could be a large turnout for the Nov. 3 election.

In its last meeting before early voting starts Oct. 14, the Williamson County Board of Commissioners heard an update from the Williamson County Election Commission on how the county is preparing for what will likely be a unique election year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Early signs point to a big turnout this year, according to county officials. Williamson County Election Administrator Chad Gray said the county has registered nearly 14,000 new voters since the Aug. 6 county elections.

Additionally, Williamson County has already sent out more than 10,000 absentee ballots to voters who have requested them. That number is more than double what the county would send out in a normal presidential election year, Gray said.

“Those are being returned to us very rapidly; almost half of those have been returned through our by-mail voters,” Gray said.


Gray also said the county is preparing for in-person voting as well. The county’s eight early-voting locations will open Oct. 14-29.

“[We’re] trying to make sure that there are not incidents inside and outside our polling places for the next two or so weeks,” Gray said.

While social distancing measures will be in place, County Mayor Rogers Anderson said the county cannot enforce mask requirements for voters and will also not require temperature checks. However, residents completing business other than voting inside county buildings would still need to abide by those requirements.

Voters will cast their ballot for federal and state representatives on Nov. 3. For more information on voting in Williamson County, see Community Impact Newspaper’s 2020 Voter Guide here.
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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