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Central Va., Valley Officials Taking Extra Precautions for Election Day

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Jake Washburne, voter registrar director for Albemarle County Jake Washburne, voter registrar director for Albemarle County
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

It’s been a polarizing election season, with lots of fiery emotions on display. That's why election officials across central Virginia are taking extra precautions at the polls.

NBC29 spoke with voter registration offices throughout central Virginia and in the Shenandoah Valley. Many say they have put more time and thought into the safety and emergency procedures this election year.

Voting officials say this extra precaution is partly due to all of the anticipation of this year's presidential election.

Albemarle County and Charlottesville are working hand in hand with law enforcement and the emergency communications center. The county says it has more election officers signed up to work this year than in any previous presidential election in the county.

It also has more voting machines being deployed.

“We think we're reasonably well prepared,” said Jake Washburne, voter registrar director for Albemarle County. “There's just a lot of anticipation about this election, spirits are running very high. The rhetoric has just been getting sort of ramped up and up and up.”

In Augusta, Greene, and Nelson counties, voting offices have been on high alert as well, holding meetings with the sheriffs and deputies to make sure all are aware of certain safety procedures and polling place locations.

Most counties say police officers will be in reasonable proximity of polling locations, though not standing right at the door or entrances just to avoid instilling fear in voters. 

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