Today is Election Day in the city of Franklin, and candidates are hoping those that didn’t vote early will get out and vote today. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The early voting period ended Thursday with a total of 1,774 ballots cast, or 3.4% of the eligible registered city voters. The percentage of early voting turnout is lower than the last municipal election in 2017 for ward aldermen (4.9%) but higher than the last election for mayor and aldermen at-large in 2015 (2.9%).
“Our turnout steadily increased the last four days of early voting, and on the final day, just over 260 ballots were cast,” said Chad Gray, Williamson County’s administrator of elections. “Now, voters have one more opportunity to have their voices heard — on election day, Oct. 22.”
Ward 3 led the way in early voting with 564 voters, and Ward 4 was a close second with 549 voters. Ward 3 finished with 344 early voters, and Ward 1 had 212.
Three of the four incumbent at-large aldermen are facing challengers. Incumbent Brandy Blanton is being challenged by Michelle Sutton, Clyde Barnhill is facing Howard Garrett and Pearl Bransford is running against Bhavani Muvvala. Alderman Ann Petersen is unopposed, as is Franklin Mayor Ken Moore.
This is the first election in which voters who cast a ballot will use the newly purchased voting equipment.
For more information or to find out where to go on Election Day, visit williamsonvotes.net.
See below for election profiles for each of the candidates in contested races.
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