Davidson Co. election workers set up voting precincts ahead of Election Day

Posted at 8:36 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 23:56:31-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — With hours left until polls open for the presidential election, Davidson County election officials were busy transforming schools, churches, and libraries into voting precincts.

By 7 a.m. Tuesday Charlotte Park Elementary school will be filled with thousands of voters.

As soon as the dismissal bell sounded Monday, election workers began preparations. Poll workers got busy setting up signs and voting machines to make sure Election Day runs smoothly.

"Today’s a special situation because you’re expecting more voters so we’re adding more machinery and more tables," said election officer Hal Sauer.

Sauer says the setup will look different than it has in previous years due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

"We usually have the whole precinct in the cafeteria, we didn't do that in August because we had the pandemic then, and we tried it in August with turnout but we used the cafeteria as a holding area for voters waiting to vote," said Sauer. "This is the precinct what you see here, we register the voters here, they can change an address down at the end of this table, and they go down to the ballot marking devices and finally the scanners."

All voters must have their ID in order to cast a ballot. Face masks are encouraged in each polling place. And Sauer encouraged everyone to expect long lines.