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Brisk early voting turnout: Voters say one-stop process ‘a lot less hectic’ than waiting until Election Day

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For the past few years, Dorothy and Jimmy Williams make it a point to not only vote early, but to do so together.

“We just love it,” Dorothy Williams said Tuesday afternoon at the Wilson County Board of Elections one-stop early voting site. “It’s not as crowded and you can go in with ease.”

Her husband, Jimmy, agreed.

“It’s a lot less hectic,” he said. “You know your vote is in and it gives you that comfort of knowing you’ve already done it just in case something comes up on the actual day of voting.”

The Williamses are a part of more than 4,500 Wilson County voters who have cast their ballots so far, according to the Board of Elections.

“Everything is going smoothly,” said Wilson County Elections Director Rená Morris. She said both one-stop voting sites — the elections office and the Lida Blalock Meeting Room at the Wilson County Health Department on Glendale Drive — have seen steady traffic. She expects early voting to pick up even more in the upcoming days.

Morris encourages residents go ahead and cast their ballots during the early voting period.

“The wait times are minimal and you can update your address and do whatever you need to do,” she said.

It’s also an opportunity for those who are not listed on the county’s voter rolls to register and vote at the same time — something you can’t do on Election Day.

As of Monday, total early voting turnout came in at 4,674. Nearly 80 new voters have been registered and nearly 200 updated their voter registration information, according to county figures.

During the 2016 presidential election, nearly 25,000 Wilsonians voted early, according to state figures.

There are a total of 56,689 people registered to vote in Wilson County. Of those, 29,339 are registered Democrats and 13,608 are registered Republicans. There are 13,564 who are registered unaffiliated, state records shows.

EARLY VOTING BASICS

• One-stop voting is currently being held at the Wilson County Board of Elections at 112 Douglas St. and the Lida Blalock Meeting Room at the Wilson County Health Department, 1801 Glendale Drive.

• Folks can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Voting will also be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. For more information, call the Wilson County Board of Elections at 252-399-2836.

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