Election Day Underway As Polls Open In Davidson County

Posted at 6:16 PM, Aug 06, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Election Day is officially underway as voters in Davidson County head to the polls.

More than 50,000 people cast their vote early in this General Election and Thursday. Thousands more are expected head to the polls. Over 300,000 registered voters in the county still had the opportunity to cast their vote.

Polling locations opened at 7 a.m. and will be open until 7 p.m. Residents will be voting on 42 offices, with the mayoral race being the biggest one.

The seven candidates vying to become the next Mayor of Nashville are Megan Barry, Charles Robert Bone, David Fox, Bill Freeman, Howard Gentry, Jeremy Kane and Linda Eskind Rebrovick.

If none of them wins a majority of the votes, there will be a runoff election in September.

Three charter amendments are also up for vote.

The first would extend term limits for council members. Right now, they serve two, four-year terms -- which means two-thirds of the council are headed out the door.

Amendment 2 would also extend term limits, as well as reduce the size of the council from 40 members to just 27.

Lastly, Amendment 3 would require all publically-funding projects that cost more than $100,000 to hire at least 40 percent of its workers from Davidson County. Ten percent of those workers would have to qualify as low-income.

NewsChannel 5 special election coverage begins when the polls close at 7 p.m.