New Voting Location Helps North Nashville Families Cast Their Votes

A new Early Voting location is helping Nashvillians cast their votes. (WZTV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new voting location is helping some of the city's most vulnerable voters cast their ballots in the presidential election.

The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville opened its doors for early voting Wednesday.

"We have a large voting population in the area," said Doris Young, precinct officer.

Neighbors say the population isn't just large, it's unique.

"This is a predominantly black area," Margo Walton said.

Black voters turned out in record numbers in 2008 and 2012. Walton hoped to see a strong turnout among her neighbors this year, but during the primaries, neighbors had to travel four miles north to the Bordeaux Library to vote early, a challenge for elderly voters with limited mobility and low-income voters who don't have cars.

"We don't have the access that a lot of other people have," Walton said.

Opening the church closed the gap between Belle Meade and Bordeaux.

"I think it's good to have a voting station here," said Stephanie Ventura, who voted at the precinct. "They should be evenly disbursed throughout the city."

Ventura who spent her Wednesday driving neighbors to the polls, who have trouble getting out of their own homes.

"I think it's really important," Ventura said. "It's the most important thing I can do as a citizen to be part of this election."

Walton applauds the election commission's decision to open the church closer to her home.

"I think that this is a good choice," Walton said.

She said no-matter which candidate you support, access shouldn't keep you from voting.

Voters can vote at any of 12 locations during early voting, which continues through November 3rd.

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