Long lines, record number of votes expected on Election Day
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — If the huge turnout for early voting is any indicator, workers at the Shelby County Election Commission could be counting a record number of votes Tuesday.
Officials said they’re prepared for Election Day, but they warned voters to be prepared to wait in long lines.
More than 240,000 people took advantage of early voting, but a lot of people waited until today to cast their ballots.
“I’ve told by staff to get a good night sleep, because tomorrow is going to be a very long day. We start about 5:30 and we won’t be done until about midnight,” said officials with the Election Commission.
Groups with both the Democratic and Republican parties will be providing rides to the polls for those without transportation. Both parties will also have poll watchers to keep an eye on things.
Officials from the Department of Justice will also be in town to monitor the election.
Voters may also notice increased security at polling locations.
The beefed up security comes after recent reports that terror groups might be planning a possible attack in hopes of disrupting the election.
In New York, the security will be especially tight as both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, will be holding their campaign parties there.
The Department of Homeland Security is also bracing for possible cyber attacks.
They’ve set up a cyber command center that is being manned around the clock.
If you need a ride to the polls or would like to offer a ride, you can call Democratic Women of Shelby County at email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-205-9385 to leave your name and message.
You can also call the Republican Party of Shelby County for a ride or to voice concerns at 901-682-3335.