WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Bright blue skies Monday are expected to turn gray Tuesday, but it may not dampen what is expected to be a record turnout for the presidential primary.
Storms could hit the Middle Tennessee in the midday hours, so election officials are hoping voters come early or later in the day to avoid what could be potentially heavy rain and damaging winds.
Jamie Nelson was already aware of the storm threat as she checked her voting status at the Williamson County Election Commission.
“I thinks its supposed to storm, right?,” she asked News 2, who was there as she inquired about her status. “I have not voted in awhile and this is probably the first time that I feel like the country needs some major change, so I want to be invested. I want to have a voice.”
The Williamson County mom who home-schools her kids looks at election day as a learning experience, weather permitting.
“Yes, [my kids] will be in tow. It will be a good educational experience for all,” added Nelson.
She is not alone as a record number of Tennesseans early-voted for a presidential primary.
“We have actually deployed more machines than usual because of the high turnout we expect on election day,” said Williamson County Elections Administrator Chad Gary, who is urging voters, especially Republicans, to do a little more homework because of the presidential campaign delegates on the ballot.
“It’s 10 pages long, and if you have a question about it go to our website, or go to GoVoteTN app,” added Gary.
Recent polls show Donald Trump with at least double-digit poll leads over nearest rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the Tennessee Republican Primary, while Hillary Clinton is expected to easily beat Democratic Party challenger Bernie Sanders.