Voter turnout to the polls in Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station has been slow for the post part, according to officials.

As of this afternoon, only about 65-70 voters had turned out to the Thompson’s Station Church and Longview Recreation Center precincts, with around 100 turning out to Heritage Elementary School.

No problems were reported at either Thompson’s Station Church or Heritage Elementary School. In addition to some noise one voting machine had been making, the polling officials at Longview said they had turned away about one in every 10 voters because they had come to the wrong precinct.

On Thursday, school board candidates Christy Coleman, Kim Little and Eliot Mitchell and their volunteers gathered outside of the polls, but many of those campaigning said they had so far been disappointed with the turnout.

The Williamson County School Board’s District 3 had the least amount of early voter turnout participation in the county with 563 votes, totaling 5.1 percent of the 10,998 registered. School board candidate Eliot Mitchell, who was outside Longview Recreation Center campaigning Thursday, said he expects it to be about the same, with possibly around 10 percent turnout.

Mitchell said that the main issue most voters he had spoken to Thursday expressed concern about had been educational excellence. Candidate Christy Coleman said discussion with voters had largely centered on common core, as well as questions about Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mike Looney.

Sam Whitson, who is challenging incumbent House District 65 Rep. Jeremy Durham, also made the rounds Thursday and could be seen meeting with voters outside Thompson’s Station Church. Whitson said that he had been hearing a lot of positive things from voters throughout the day.

“It seems like it’s been slow, which is unfortunate, I really hope folks come out and vote,” Whitson said. “But it seems pretty positive, the people I’ve talked to so far. We hope that’s a good indication, but you never know. We’re not taking anything for granted. We’re working hard to the end.”

Voting continues until polls close at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at [email protected].