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Election Commission Prepares For Early Voters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Early voting will start in Tennessee on Wednesday, and the Davidson County Election Commission has already started to getting ready to make sure things run smoothly.

Voting for a president brings out thousands of voters and early voting is no different as crews set up 12 polling sites across Davidson County.

"They all have machines and they all have computers that are connected to our database, so everyone is voting on what we call live data," said Albert Tieche, with the Davidson County Election Commission

The election commission has been training hundreds of poll workers to make sure each and every vote is properly cast. During the primary election there were errors with the electronic polling books. If voters didn't specify which primary they wanted to vote in the system automatically defaulted to a republican ballot.

"That was corrected at the machine by the machine operator, but not corrected in the voter history. People got the right ballot, but there are about 100 people with a voter history that is incorrect," said Tieche.

In order to solve the problem and make sure the problem does not happen during a critical election the election commission has taken the process back to the basics.

"We're not using those electronic poll books this election, we're going back to the paper poll books like we have traditionally used," Tieche, explained.

Voters can wait until November 6th to cast their votes, but with new redistricting lines in the county changing polling sites for many people there is a bonus to voting early.

"The beauty of early voting, you cannot go to the wrong poll during early voting," he said.

To vote early residents need to bring a federal or state issued ID. Early voting here in Tennessee starts Wednesday and continues until November 1st.

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