Updated at 8:43 p.m.
Nashville's pro-transit group has now conceded as results coming in favor the opposition. With more than 60,000 votes, the results show 65 percent are against the plan and 35 percent are for it. The group conceded an hour and a half after the polls closed at 7 p.m.
Nashville Mayor David Briley acknowledged the defeat, saying:
"Our transportation problems are not going away; in fact, we know they’re only going to get more challenging as we continue to grow. I’ll get back to work tomorrow on finding a solution for Nashville that we all can agree on."
We all can agree that we have to do something about traffic and transportation, but voters didn’t get behind this plan. My responsibility as Mayor is to get back to the drawing board and find the common ground to develop consensus on a new way forward.— Mayor David Briley (@MayorBriley) May 2, 2018
Here's what others are saying following the defeat:
Wow. Transit folks say it will likely take 6-8 years to get another plan and referendum vote together. No matter how you voted today, that's a scary thought for a city where traffic is only getting worse.— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) May 2, 2018
Nashville Chamber President Ralph Schulz, on transit defeat: “I got the sense that people want a solution, but they had a lot of different reasons that they didn’t necessarily see this as the solution.”— Tony Gonzalez (@TGonzalez) May 2, 2018
Updated at 7:39 p.m.
According to numbers released by the Davidson County Election Commission, early voting numbers show that 39,013 people voted against the transit referendum, while 20,991 voted in favor.
The numbers translate to 65 percent against and 35 percent in favor of the proposed plan.
The early voting results show opponents of the transit plan in the lead.
Posted at 7:05 p.m.
With polling locations now closed in Davidson County, Nashville residents await the results for the proposed $5.4 million transit plan on today’s ballot.
If the referendum passes, Nashville would see a mass transit system by 2032. The plan — called Let’s Move Nashville — includes 26 miles of light rail transit, an improved and expanded bus service and an underground tunnel downtown. The system would be funded by raising four taxes, including sales, hotel, rental car and business.
Along with the transit referendum, primaries for county offices and judicial positions are on the Democratic ballot. There are no primaries included on the Republican ballot.
Nashville residents are taking to social media to talk about tonight’s election results.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
As early voting numbers come in, both sides gather to wait for the outcome:
Early voting results just came in. 65% of voters say “no” to transit plan. Jeff Carr says, “that’s a good start.” pic.twitter.com/MvJ8ChHoUQ— Meribah Knight (@meribah) May 2, 2018
Transit for Nashville campaign party just getting underway at the Adventure Science Center. Organizers feel energized, optimistic with high early voter turnout @FOXNashville pic.twitter.com/oQqMptNMjX— Nikki Junewicz (@nikkijunewicz) May 2, 2018
Voters sound off on weather they voted for or against the plan.
Voted Against @TransitForNash because I wanted above ground monorails in all direction with park & ride stations. Not for extended bus 🚌 options or dedicated lanes that further bottleneck traffic! That makes no sense!— Lee Roberts (@lead230) May 1, 2018
Twitter users like April Miller Dawson (@amillerdawson) and Trent Bynum (@trentbmedia) express why voting is important to them:
Exercising my right to vote today. It’s the American way and one of the ways that maintains our freedom! #RockTheVote— April Miller Dawson (@amillerdawson) May 1, 2018
People are sharing photos of their voting stickers, too:
Vote every chance you get. pic.twitter.com/w92SpnzFVb— Casey (@case_race) May 1, 2018
This picture may seem predictable but I always love posting it!! I love proudly wearing my “I Voted” sticker and love that today our voices are heard!! Happy Election Day Nashville ❤️🇺🇸— Lizzy McAvoy (@lizzymcavoy) May 1, 2018
•#voting #ivoted #nashville #electionday #election2018 #singer #songwriter pic.twitter.com/mkr3CqLJnz
We will update this post as more information becomes available.