Officials make last minute plans for election day - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Officials make last minute plans for election day

While poll workers were briefed on procedures, Election commissioner Greg Duckett was busy implementing a plan to protect voters from a predicted heat wave.

Duckett says, "We do not want the process to inconvenience the voters any more than it has to particularly given the projected weather forecast that we have."

If lines on Thursday look anything like the did on the last day of early voting, there are concerns about how high temps will impact elderly and disabled voters.

Shelby County Chief Administrative officer John Folkes says, "And so we've been in contact with the election commission to see if there is some way we can help you know Shelby County government can help."

The county will pay Mata several thousand dollars for them to provide air conditioned buses outside polling places that don't have air, most commonly fire stations."

Dozens of fans will be distributed to polls.  A number of companies have donated bottled water.  And poll workers have been instructed to look for those in need of assistance.

Duckett says, "I'm hopeful that the other citizens there will be understanding of the additional physical limitations that might exist and allow those voters to move through and vote quicker than they otherwise would have."

Outgoing County commissioner Bruce Thompson says, "I think certainly we all want to see as high a turnout as possible the more people that vote the more representative the results."
 
Election officials say they typically worry about rain on election day, but for the first time in a long time the high temperatures could hamper high voter turnout.

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