Local NAACP plans to be ‘watchdog’ as people cast votes

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP President Dr. Elenora Woods said the group will be the “watchdog” while people vote.

A civil rights group joined NAACP members in front of the courthouse Wednesday afternoon to talk about the importance of voting and making sure everyone has the right to vote.

Dr. Woods said last election many people voted in the wrong precinct and wrong district and their vote was not counted.

So this election they’re doing what they can to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“Monitoring the polls, putting different people at polling sites where there have been problems to make sure that in these areas where there were problems that we can jump right on it and call the appropriate people necessary to correct the problem as we see it occur,” Dr. Woods said.

“We’re here for Chattanooga the next couple of days to help the NAACP strategize about voting rights and kind of just participate and get a lay of the land with regards to what happened to Hamilton County around the board of elections in the primary,” Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Senior National Coordinator Ria Thompson-Washington said.

If you have any problems at the polls, Thompson-Washington said, to call 866-OUR-VOTE.

She said if you’re being denied a vote, ask for a provisional ballot.

Early voting in Tennessee started Wednesday.

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