Pick your favorite design from three finalists in both the adult and youth categories of the “I Voted” sticker design, which was organized by Franklin Tomorrow, Williamson County Election Commission and the City of Franklin’s Public Arts Commission.

Online voting will be open starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. Visit the Franklin Tomorrow website at https://franklintomorrow.org/i-voted-sticker/. The top two designs in each category will be announced early in September and be available for voters to pick up after voting in the upcoming Franklin City election for mayor and four, at-large alderman posts.

Once you visit the website, it will take you to a form to cast your vote. Only one vote per IP address is allowed.

“We were pleased to receive more than a dozen entries in the adult category and more than 50 in the youth category in such a short submittal timeframe,” said Mindy Tate, CEO of Franklin Tomorrow. “Our goal with the contest, and now the public voting, is to encourage engagement in the upcoming election as it will impact the future of the City of Franklin no matter the outcome. We hope wearing one of the designs will cause a sense of civic pride in those who get out and vote.”

Thank you to Visit Franklin, Williamson County’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, for providing prize baskets in both the adult and youth categories.

At its meeting Aug. 10, the WCEC reviewed and provided approval to proceed with the submissions.

“We appreciate the partnership with Franklin Tomorrow on this initiative to give an opportunity for voters to show their civic pride in voting, “ said Jonathan Duda, Chairman of the Williamson County Election Commission. “The submissions that were received are excellent, and has brought fun and creativity to this election. We are looking forward to how the public responds and the results from the public voting.”

Early voting in the election will open on Wednesday, Oct. 4, and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Williamson County Election Commission office, 405 Downs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37064. The last day to register to vote in the City election will be Monday, September 25.

To help educate voters about the issues and acquaint them with the candidates, several community organizations are coming together on Monday, Oct. 2, to host a Candidates’ Forum.

The program will be held at Franklin City Hall, 5:30-8 p.m., and all candidates on the ballot are invited to participate in this event being presented by Franklin Tomorrow, Williamson Inc., Williamson County Association of REALTORS, and the League of Women Voters of Williamson County. Area media are also involved as partners or plan to cover the event.

Each candidate will be offered the chance to deliver a one-minute opening statement, as well as a one-minute closing statement. The candidates in contested races will each answer individual questions which have been prepared by the presenting organizations, but which are randomly selected throughout the program. There will be no advance knowledge of the questions by the candidates.

Franklin Tomorrow is a 23-year-old community visioning and engagement organization which has as its mission to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Visit our website at www.franklintomorrow.org.