Lebanon, TN – Wilson County Poll Officials gathered Tuesday evening, November 29th , at Fiddlers Gove for a Christmas dinner to honor and thank them for their service in 2022. The dinner was hosted by Wilson County Administrator of Elections Tammy Smith and the Election Commission staff.
“This event is a small gesture for us to say “thank you” to these special men and women that make elections in Wilson County so good. Their smiles, competency and commitment to fair and honest elections are inspiring. The service they provide to the voters of Wilson County is tremendous”, said Smith.
Attendees were feted with a buffet dinner, prizes and several holiday games. There was even visit from Santa and a couple elves attended. The tables were decorated in a holiday theme by the Election Commission staff, local businesses donated gifts and the meal was provided in appreciation for the poll workers service to the county.
Over 350 Wilson County voters served as poll officials in the three elections held in 2022. Each election had its own unique ballots and situations. They were trained for their specific responsibilities before each election to competently process voters during Early Voting and on Election Day. Voters were greeted at the polls by smiling workers who were well prepared to register and guide each voter through the voting process.
Wilson County had four Early Voting sites as well as 18 Election Day Vote Centers to make casting a ballot as convenient as possible in every election. The three elections saw varying degrees of participation. With over 102,000 eligible voters, the May 3rd election had a turnout of 13%, August 4th had 18% and the November 8th election saw 47% turnout. Early Voting sites and Election Day Vote Centers are always fully staffed to in anticipation that every eligible voter will participate in the election.
Innovations in election administration over the years have reduced wait times, increased efficiency and have added an additional level of voter confidence with the paper ballot marking system. Each election is unique and presents an opportunity to improve the process. Through all the improvements, Wilson County poll officials have eagerly mastered the technology and procedures necessary to successfully administer every election.
There are many opportunities to participate in elections as the Election Commission begins to prepare for the next scheduled elections in 2024. “We encourage anyone interested in joining this elite group of poll officials to submit the poll worker application found at www.WilsonElections.com . Wilson County is growing and there will always be a need for additional poll officials” Smith commented.
To learn more about elections, voting and how you can be involved with Wilson County elections contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or online at www.WilsonVotes.com.