‘Heat emergency’ causes early voting locations to close to general public, only open to voters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Libraries serving as early voting locations in Nashville will be closed to the general public for heat indexes of over 100 degrees, according to the Davidson County Election Commission and The Nashville Public Library.

Libraries used for early voting for the August 6 election will be closed to the general public during the early voting period.

The locations will only serve those coming to vote from July 18 to August 1. This will help enforce social distancing.

We appreciate the flexibility of Nashville Public Library patrons and staff, as we navigate conducting an election during two health emergencies. Normally, voters can queue inside the library as they wait their turn to vote, but social distancing requirements limited that number. After Director Chief Swann, Nashville Fire Department/OEM declared a heat emergency on Friday, library leadership took immediate action to open their buildings and bring voters in from the heat.

Jeff Roberts, Davidson County Administrator of Elections

The Nashville Public Library has adjusted its plan to continue offering curbside service at select locations during early voting. Both the Main Library and Southeast Branch locations will continue to provide curbside service during this time. Patrons with existing holds at the Bellevue, Bordeaux, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Hermitage and Madison Branch locations have two options to get their holds:

  • From now through August 5, patrons can contact the branch where their holds are scheduled for pickup and request that they be rerouted to either the Main Library or Southeast Branch. Patrons should allow 3 – 4 days for rerouting, and will receive an email when their holds are available for pickup.
  • Patrons can take no action now, and their holds at Bellevue, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, and Hermitage will be available beginning August 5, until August 17. Holds at Bordeaux and Madison will be available again beginning August 10 until August 20.

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