Photos by Rachael Long
By RACHAEL LONG
Have you voted yet?
According to the Williamson County Election Commission, 31,615 people are registered to vote in the May 7 election, and some have already cast their ballots.
Early voting has historically been important to the outcome of Brentwood elections. According to data from the Election Commission, nearly 68 percent of ballots cast in 2017 were recorded during early voting. Early voting accounted for 67 percent of the 2015 vote, and nearly 70 percent of the total ballots cast in 2013.
Those who voted at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library today — one of three main locations to vote — were likely met by smiles and waves from the candidates themselves. Candidates Ken Travis, Susannah MacMillan, Nelson Andrews and Terrence Smith each had large signs, campaign literature and supporters by their sides to greet voters as they entered the library.
By 2 p.m., all four candidates said they had been there all day long, with no plans to leave.
No election rules were violated, as candidates kept a 100-foot distance from the polling place.
Nine candidates are running for the Brentwood City Commission. The other five include Wyatt Rex Allen, incumbent Anne Dunn, John Magyar, Dale Pacetti and Stevan Pippin.
Read the candidates’ final thoughts here.
Early voting takes place April 17 to May 2 at all locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also cast a ballot on Saturdays at the Brentwood Library or the Election Commission office in Franklin from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you’re not sure where to vote, the Williamson County Election Commission has a registered voter information lookup tool, available here. Like to go into the polls prepared? Check out the commission’s sample ballot here.
For more information on voting, contact the Election Commission office at (615) 790-5711.