Polling numbers remain low as early voting closes in Franklin

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Early Voting signs

Without an owner in sight, lonely campaign signs sit in a chair in front of the county administrative complex Wednesday afternoon. 

The numbers for this year’s Franklin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen elections are nothing if not consistent, remaining well below 2017’s municipal election turnout every day of early voting so far. 

Over 12 days of open polls, the city received 1,318 votes — 2.5% of the 52,812 registered voters in Franklin. Two years ago, when ward-specific aldermen were elected, the early voting turnout was 4.9%, with over 1,000 more votes than the current total. 

Campaigning has been subdued as well, as there have been at most only a couple supporters with signs parked in front of the Williamson County Administrative Complex at any given time. 

This election covers an uncontested mayoral race and four races for at-large aldermen, and polling numbers broken up by ward show Wards 3 and 4 are, by far, the most active, bringing in 403 and 412 votes, respectively, as opposed to the 147 from Ward 1 and 258 from Ward 2 as of Tuesday evening. 

Thursday is the last day to cast a ballot early. Registered voters can drop into the county administrative complex to choose their favorite candidates between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or they can vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Election Day, at their designated polling location. 

For more information or to find out where to go on Election Day, visit williamsonvotes.net

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