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Lebanon, TN –The Wilson County Commission voted to adopt redistricted County Commission, School Board, Constable and Road Commission boundaries at their November 15th meeting. The redrawn district maps are available online at www.Wilsonelections.com/voting-maps/.
Based on the 2020 Federal Census, districts are redrawn to reflect the growth of the county and ensure that every resident is represented equally. Redistricting accomplishes the concept of “one person, one vote” that was born out of several Supreme Court decisions in the 1960’s. The Court ruled, “once the geographical unit for which a representative is to be chosen is designated, all who participate in the election are to have an equal vote-whatever their race, whatever their sex, whatever their occupation, whatever their income, and wherever their home may be in that geographical unit. This is required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The geographical size of the districts varies depending on the density of population. Areas that encompass apartment complexes, subdivisions and more urban type development are smaller geographically than the more rural areas of the county. Whatever the size of a district, an equal number of citizens live within the boundaries.
Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections said, “We encourage voters to become familiar with the new districts and with who their representatives are. Having access to the maps on our website is a service provided by the Election Commission to keep Wilson County voters informed.”
There will be three elections in 2022 beginning with the Republican and Democratic County Primary Election on May 3, 2022. Candidates running for office in 2022 will be qualified based on the new district lines. Offices eligible are Circuit Court Judge Division I, Circuit Court Judge Division II, Chancellor, Criminal Court Judge, District Attorney, Public Defender, County Mayor, County Commissioners- All 25 Districts, County Trustee, General Sessions Judge Division I, General Sessions Judge Division II, General Sessions Judge Division III, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Constables- All 5 Zones, Wilson County School Board Zones 2, 3, 4 and 6 and one member at-large for Lebanon Special School District.
Candidates for any eligible office who run as a member of the Republican or Democratic party or as an Independent may begin picking up petitions on December 20, 2021 and will all qualify by February 17th, 2022 at NOON. The only candidates included on the May 3, 2022 county primary ballot will be those seeking the nomination of a political party. The winners of the May 3, 2022 county primary will appear on the August 4, 2022 Wilson County General Election ballot as their party nominee along with any Independent candidates that qualified on February 17th, 2022.
To learn more about redistricting, primaries and general elections, qualifications for offices and other elections related information visit www.WislonVotes.com and download the 2021-2022 Voter Handbook. To ask questions about election related issues or learn how you can be involved contact the Wilson County Election Commission by calling 615-444-0216, emailing info@WilsonElections.com , online at www.WilsonVotes.com or in person at 230 E Gay St in Lebanon.