Election Day violence concerns prompt notice at polls

You'll see something new on this Election Day: Voting conduct guidelines.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  -- The 2016 election is so contentious that it's changing the way people are allowed to cast their ballot in some places, and in North Carolina, voting conduct guidelines are going out to the polls. 

Elsewhere across the country, some school districts are closing on Election Day because so many schools are used as polling sites. Mecklenburg, Gaston, and Union counties have done that for years.

Skip Lawson is so concerned because he knows this election has been, well, unusual.

“It’s been crazy, its been crazy,” he says shaking his head. “It’s been a very tense season, [an] unusual election campaign.”

So tense in fact, that for the first time ever, the North Carolina Board of Elections issued guidelines for conduct outside a voting site, including respecting the right to participate in the election without fear or violence. A spokesman told NBC Charlotte the reason for the new guidelines:

“We’re well aware of the national mood this season.”

Along the campaign trail, there were Donald Trump rallies that erupted into violence, and just two weeks ago, there was a firebombing at the North Carolina Republican Party office in Hillsborough. 

Now some are concerned that violence may bleed over into Election Day.

"That does concern me, but I hope we can be one country united even though we're voting against different people," said Danielle Campoli. "I don't think it's going to happen like that. We're still civilized people."

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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