Ballot Set for November 8th
Lebanon, TN –Thursday, August 18th, at noon was the filing deadline for candidates seeking elected office in the Lebanon, Mt Juliet and Watertown Municipal elections scheduled for November 8th. The withdrawal deadline is Thursday, August 25th, at Noon. Candidates that won the Republican and Democratic Primaries in August will be on the November 8th ballot along with the Independent candidates. There will also be four Constitutional questions on the ballot.
Councilmen for Lebanon City Wards 3, 4 and 6, Mt Juliet Commissioners for Districts 2 and 4, and three Watertown Commissioners will make up the Lebanon, Mt Juliet and Watertown municipal ballots. Voters that live within the city limits and in the Wards or Districts being elected will have candidates on their ballot. Watertown Commissioners are elected at large. Lebanon and Mt Juliet redistricted and adopted new Ward and District boundaries in 2021. Both Lebanon and Mt Juliet have information on their websites to inform city residents about redistricting and who their representatives are.
The State and Federal General Election will include the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 5th and 6th US Congressional Districts, Tennessee Governor, State Senate and the candidates for Tennessee House districts 40, 46 and 57 along with Independent candidates for those offices. There is a District Lookup tool available at www.WilsonElections.com to aide voters in determining which of the State and Federal candidates they will be eligible to vote for in this election.
Four Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution will be on everyone’s ballot in November. They will be presented as Yes or No questions. A yes vote is a vote to amend the Constitution and adopt the proposed language in the amendment. A no vote is a vote not to amend the Constitution and keep the current language in the Constitution unchanged.
A simple majority of Yes votes or No votes does not determine if the amendments are adopted or rejected. Two things must happen for an amendment to pass and become part of the Constitution. The first is the amendment must receive more Yes votes than No votes. The second is that the number of Yes votes must be a majority of the total votes in the gubernatorial election. To determine the number of votes needed to adopt a proposed Constitutional amendment, votes for all candidates for governor statewide are added together and then divided by two. If there are more yes votes than no votes on the proposed amendment and the number of yes votes exceeds 50%+1 of the total votes for governor, the amendment passes and becomes part of the Constitution. The Constitutional amendment fails if the number of yes votes does not meet or exceed the threshold, or if there are more no votes than yes votes.
The Election Commission has posted the four questions at www.WilsonElections.com as they will appear on the ballot to allow voters easy access to the language they’ll see on the ballot in November. The Constitutional amendment questions will appear immediately after the Governor’s contest on the ballot.
Early Voting for the November 8th, 2022 election is October 19th through November 3rd. There will be four convenient Early Voting sites in Wilson County- Lebanon at 203 E Main St- Mt. Juliet at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy- Gladeville at the Community Center – Watertown at the Community Center. All locations are open from Monday through Friday 8am until 6pm and on Saturday’s from 8am until 1pm. On Election Day voters may cast their vote at one of the 18 convenient Vote Centers located throughout the county
The last day to register to vote for the November 8, 2016 election is October 11th. To learn more about elections, voting and how you can be involved with Wilson County elections contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or online at www.Wilsonelections.com.