|Less than 20 percent vote|
|Tuesday, August 7, 2012|
Special to The Chronicle
Wilson County turned out in better numbers Thursday than in the same election in 2008, but still less than 20 percent of registered voters visited the polls and quite a few had to be redirected to their proper polling location due to redistricting.
In all, 13,343 people voted in this election, which accounts for only 18.4 percent of the total registered voters. There are currently 73,343 registered voters in Wilson County.
“Not enough people showed up to vote,” Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren noted.
However the numbers were higher than in 2008, but the number of registered voters has also increased by 11,000 in the past four years. In the August 2008 election, 9,307 people voted in all, but Warren said the increase in turnout could be attributed to the increase in registered voters. There were 62,090 registered voters in 2008, which means only 15 percent voted in the August election four years ago.
Warren said there were quite a number of people who had to be redirected from one polling location to another, given that redistricting changed many voters’ districts this year.
All precincts had a “redirect” volunteer to check addresses and make sure voters were at their proper polling location. Several precincts reported Thursday they had to help numerous voters find their proper polling location.
“I think the redirects went really well, that was something I was very proud of, but not enough people showed up to vote,” Warren said.
He also said quite a few people came into the Election Commission office to pick up their new blue voter registration card after realizing they didn’t receive the new one. However, he said there were no problems to speak of concerning the law requiring voters bring a valid photo ID with them to the polls.
“We had a lot of people call or come in to get their new cards, but there weren’t any issues with the photo IDs,” Warren said. “Wilson County has done well to stay informed.”
Anyone who did not bring a photo ID to vote Thursday was still able to vote by provisional ballot, however, Warren said they have until Monday at 4:30 p.m. to bring in a valid photo ID for their vote to be counted.
Warren said the November election would see a much greater turnout given the fact that it is a Presidential election. However, despite a smooth day of voting, Warren seemed disappointed in the percentage of voters who visited the polls yesterday.
“In November, there will be a lot more people,” he said.