Following the destruction of the Middle Tennessee Tornado in the early morning hours of Super Tuesday, hundreds of voters’ ability to cast their vote across Davidson County was obstructed. More than 15 polling locations suffered electrical and structural damages and many polls were delayed from opening until 8:00 AM. Hundreds of voters that arrived at 7:00 AM were not able to cast their vote, and furthermore, many arriving throughout the day found their polling place closed.
The Tennessee Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit seeking legal injunction against Davidson County Election Commission and Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, to extend the time polling locations are open by 3 hours. Extending the poll close time from 7:00PM to 10:00PM would provide sufficient time for voters across the county to exercise their right and cast their vote. Failing to extend polling hours would cause irreparable harm to our democratic process.