State Officials Prep For Election Day

Posted at 7:19 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 23:22:43-05

Election officials urged voters to be prepared before heading to the polls on Tuesday to help make the voting process easier and quicker for everyone involved.

Polling locations were set up on Monday evening to be ready for the polls to open on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., and they're expecting big crowds throughout Middle Tennessee.

"If we base it on early election, it could be a big day, especially if you wait late until the afternoon to vote," Jeff Roberts, Davidson County Administrator of Elections, said.

Voters are urged to check their polling location online to make sure they're in the correct spot, and voters are required to bring a government-issued ID to confirm their identity before casting their vote.

On Monday, Governor Bill Haslam said he has had multiple conversations with the Secretary of State's Office about the integrity of the election in Tennessee.

"We feel very good about protection of the vote issue that I think some people are concerned about. I don’t have any concerns at all about the integrity of the vote here.” Haslam said.

Roberts said Davidson County poll officials are also trained to look out for any inappropriate activity or signs of voter intimidation.

The Nashville Chapter of the NAACP was filled with signs encouraging people to vote.  The organization is offering rides to and from the polls, and will also dispatch about 30 poll watchers to keep an eye out for any activity that could prevent someone from voting.

"We are doing everything we can to increase voter turnout," said Ludye N. Wallace, President of the Nashville branch of the NAACP.  "It is very important to have a fair and well-run election."

Election officials said on Monday that if a voter is at their polling location by 7 p.m. on Tuesday that they will be able to vote, even if they have to stand in line for hours prior to actually casting their ballot.

If you experience voting issues, or have questions about the voting process call the Division of Elections at 1-877-850-4959.

For a ride to the polls, you can call the Nashville NAACP at (615) 329-0999.