Voting is steady so far, poll workers and campaigners say
Voters were waiting at most precincts this morning when they opened at 7 a.m., but observers at several locations say the initial burst soon slowed to a steady stream.
Costly campaigns and rare contested races up and down the ballot attracted a heavy turnout in early voting, and apparently are continuing to attract voters today.
At New Hope Community Church on Wilson Pike in Brentwood, a constant stream of voters came and went, past a sign on the door that said primary voters should be bona fide members of the party whose primary ballot they choose. Poll workers said 175 voters had appeared
in the first 2.5 hours.
At Oak View Elementary in Franklin a dozen cars were in the parking lot just after 7 a.m., and a host of campaigners were on the grass.
At Franklin Christian Church in District 4, J. Edward Campbell, who ran for Franklin alderman last fall, said 10 or 12 people were in line when he and his wife, Brenda, opened the polls this morning at 7 a.m.
“It’s been a steady stream since then,” he said. By 9:30 a.m., 125 had voted.
Lots of candidates were on hand at Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road, including Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, a gubernatorial candidate, House District 61 candidates Gino Bulso, County Commissioner Jeff Ford, County Commissioner Robert Hullett, and Rebecca Purington; as well as County Commission candidates Bert Chalfant, Tom Tunicliffe and Sara Melamed.
At Safety Center East on Sunset Road a little over 100 voters had signed in during the first two hours. Only three sign wavers worked the area, compared to about 8 at New Hope Community Church.
At Church of the City in Franklin, poll officials said activity had been “right steady” all morning, with about 150 voting by mid-morning.
Elections Administrator Chad Gray said turnout had not been what he had hoped so far. He said it was slower than expected at Brenthaven Church and at Westhaven.