GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Guntersville Police officers are rotating throughout the day at the city's polling location to ensure things run smoothly among a turnout longtime Guntersville voters say they have never seen.
Tuesday morning cars were crawling in and out of the Guntersville Rec Center parking lot, lined up on both sides of the street, turn signals on. Lines of people snaked out the doors when the polls opened. Inside, more lines circled around the room while voters clutching ballots and pens looked for a place to start the actual voting process.
"This is by far the biggest turnout. We're at 10 o'clock in the morning right now and this is a very large turnout at this point in time for an election," said Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson.
Chief Peterson decided to station an officer at the polling location all day. "We're going to take hour shifts here," Peterson explains, "We didn't anticipate any specific problems. We thought it would be just a good measure to have an officer present just to make sure we have a sense of calm among the voting public and to be available if there were a problem, which we don't anticipate."
The officers are there to help if they're needed. A Marshall County Sheriff's Office deputy is also on hand. "We've fortunately had very efficient and organized elections here at the polling place," Peterson says, "This is the only polling place in Guntersville. We've never had any issues here."
With the heightened election and the amount of voters, the officers are keeping an eye on things to make sure everything goes smoothly. "The crowd today is significant, much more so than normal elections, so it's really kind of exciting to see that many people coming out to vote, but once again, we don't anticipate any problems," Peterson says.