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Judge rules to extend Nashville voting after storm

The Tennessean • Mar 3, 2020 at 6:17 PM

A Davidson County judge Tuesday afternoon ruled that polls can remain open until 8 p.m. CT at all sites across Nashville.

Polls were originally set to close at 7 p.m. CT. Five polling sites will remain open until 10 p.m. CT.

Those five sites are:

  • Election commission office, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike.
  • Howard Office Building, 700 Second Ave. S.
  • Cleveland Community Center, 610 Vernon Winfrey Ave.
  • Donelson Presbyterian Church, 2305 Lebanon Pike.
  • Pearl Cohn High School, 904 26th Ave. N.

The ruling came at the request of four of the top Democratic presidential campaigns, along with the Tennessee Democratic Party. The groups filed suit in a Nashville court on Tuesday to extend poll times amid heavy tornado damage throughout the city. More from The Tennessean.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

The Tennessee Democratic Party has sued the Davidson County elections commission and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office to extend voting hours in the tornado-stricken county.

The suit seeks to extend polling hours from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

Voting locations in Davidson county had opened an hour later — at 8 a.m. — after an early morning tornado damaged more than a dozen polling places and voters were advised to go to other locations to cast ballots.

Party spokeswoman Emily Cupples said some voters showed up at 7 a.m. to cast their votes but their polling locations were not open and they had to leave without being able to vote. Also, some locations opened after 8 a.m. due to damage, and voters were not able to cast ballots either.

Lines were long at some locations that were unprepared for additional voters and people left without casting their ballots, Cupples said.

Tornadoes ripped across downtown Nashville and other parts of Tennessee as families slept early Tuesday, shredding more than 140 buildings and burying people in piles of rubble and wrecked basements. At least 22 people were killed, some in their beds, authorities said.

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