Election results are expected to take longer than usual this week — and election administrators say a winner might not be declared on Election Day.
WPLN News asked a cross-section of early voters how they expect to feel after results come in and found a bit of unease at the polls.
For some voters, like 34-year-old Kyle Harris, one looming question is whether the loser will accept the outcome. President Donald Trump has indicated he may object if he does not win.
“With Trump, you kind of never know,” says Harris, who lives in Hermitage. “He’s such a shoot-by-the-hip, wildcard kind of guy. But hopefully the powers that be will keep that kind of stuff under control.”
Another question is how the public will react, regardless of who the winner is.
“I just pray that it doesn’t turn into something big or riotous or chaotic. I know that it’s been very polarizing, and it can be hard to deal with those emotions,” said Jenna Scott, a mother of four who lives in Donelson.
For Rebecca Factor, a military veteran who lives in Nashville, the consequences of the election feel existential. If Trump does not win, she says, “I believe Jesus will be coming back very soon. And I am hopeful in that.”
Generally, though, voters said they hope for a decisive presidential outcome.
“I just want whoever won to actually win,” says Amber Collins, of Hermitage. “I want the people to be heard.”
Find live coverage on Election Day on WPLN’s Election Live Blog.