Guilford Co. poll workers prepare for Election Day voting

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Precinct workers are preparing and double-checking more than 900 electronic voting machines across Guilford County.

Board of Elections Precinct Liason Chris McGinn tells FOX8 there will be 165 precincts open on Tuesday in Guilford County.

Officials said 11 were already set up as early voting spots, but the rest spent Monday getting ready for the big day.

“Early voting has taken care of so many voters, about 160,000,” McGinn said. “So we expect election day to be constant but not overwhelmingly busy.”

Early voting numbers set records all over the Triad, and poll workers like Anne Loflin are responsible for updating poll books at their precinct so voters can’t vote twice Tuesday.

“I can see just looking through the books how many people voted early,” she said.

As for tomorrow, Loflin said she is eager to see her neighbors in Precinct G22 at Irving Park United Methodist Church come vote on election day.

“Our goal is to have this be a pleasant environment, for people to be glad they are citizens of this community and feel confidence in the voting process as well,” she said.

Rick Paschal is the Chief Judge for Precinct G22. He’s been working elections for 11 years and predicts at least a 65 percent turnout at Irving Park United Methodist on Tuesday.

“We usually have a real good turnout in the precinct, somewhere around 800 or 900,” he said.

Guilford County hired 1,400 poll workers this year.

The Board of Elections will begin opening and tallying absentee ballots Tuesday at 2 p.m., McGinn said. Those results will not be released until after 7:30 p.m.

Photo I.D. is not required to vote in North Carolina. Voters just need to give workers their name and address.

Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 pm Tuesday. Any voter in line by 7:30 will be allowed to vote.

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