Lebanon, TN – Delegates attending the National Conference of State Legislatures visited the Wilson County Election Commission for a tour and presentation on Thursday, March 10. The tour and presentation were part of the NCSL series called Strong Elections, Strong States.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that provides states support, ideas, connections and a voice on Capitol Hill. The NCSL was envisioned in 1975 to combine the efforts of three organizations that were representing state legislators and staff. The goal is to help states remain strong and independent by giving them the tools, information and resources to craft the best solutions to difficult problems.
Attendees at Monday’s tour in Wilson County were welcomed by Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Senator Mark Pody, Representative Clark Boyd and County Mayor Randall Hutto. The informal presentation by Wilson County Administrator of Elections, Tammy Smith, was an overview of how elections are prepared for in Wilson County and a demonstration of the voting process used. Wilson County uses the ExpressVote system for Early Voting and Election Day. The ExpressVote consists of a ballot marking device allowing voters to make their selections on a touchscreen then printing the ballot with their marked choices. The printed ballot is then reviewed by the voter for accuracy before they cast it. Procedures taken to ensure the integrity and security of every vote cast were discussed.
“Having this group from the NCSL take the time to come to our county to experience how we conduct elections is an honor. We are always excited to demonstrate our voting system and the procedures in place in election preparation to instill voter confidence and provide a paper ballot that further assures the voter that the integrity and security of their vote is protected,” said Smith
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.
Petitions are now available for the August 4th Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary. The offices eligible for this election are Governor, U.S. Congress District 5, U.S. Congress- District 6, State Senate- District 17, State Representative- District 40, State Representative- District 46, State Representative District 57, Republican Executive Committeeman & Committeewoman- 17th District, and Democratic Executive Committeeman & Committeewoman- 17th District.
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.