Nashville voters are making key leadership decisions in today’s Metro General Election. Follow along for updates on the results, dispatches from WPLN reporters in the field, and comments from the mayoral candidates.
Listen / Some Nashville voters have been surprised to find brand-new voting machines at the polls this year, and there were a few hiccups in their first days of use during early voting. But election officials say additional training for pollworkers should make for a smooth Election Day on Thursday.
Nashville early voting concluded with a big turnout Saturday, capping a strong finish to what began as a surprisingly slow start.
Listen / Some Nashville leaders are pushing for a significant change to local elections after a year in which multiple contests ended up in run-off contests, which take extra time and money to conduct.
Listen / Nashville’s transit referendum appears to be boosting turnout during early voting — which surpassed 27,000 ballots on Thursday. The pace to likely to top what is typically a low count during local May primaries.
Updated 5 p.m. Nashville must hold its special election between May 21 and 25 — two and a half months sooner than anticipated — according to a ruling Tuesday from the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Listen / Tennessee’s top election officials tried to allay fears that the state’s voting records are vulnerable to hacking, even as they acknowledged there’s a significant risk that outside groups could try to disrupt future elections.
Listen / A dispute over Davidson County’s early voting locations reached a new level on Wednesday, with some members of the Metro Council threatening to cut funding for the Election Commission.
Voters go to the polls today for state primary elections and some local races. New identification requirements and changes to the shape of voting districts bring the potential for confusion or mistakes. State and federal officials say they’re prepared to deal with any problems.