Poll workers are hoping for calm but preparing for the worst (AUDIO)

At a hearing last month on the possible hacking of voting machines, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he was more worried about something else. The real threat on Election Day, said Schedler, is violence at the polls.

Poll workers across the country are on high alert after the recent firebombing of a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina and reports that two armed men lingered for hours outside a Democratic campaign office in Virginia. Some feel that Donald Trump’s claim that the election is rigged, and his suggestion that supporters and their friends go to polling places to “watch,” are rhetorical time bombs.

“You know, it’s unfortunate that we have to do this, but we want to be overly prepared,” said Amber McReynolds, the director of elections for the city and county of Denver. “We have added in an active shooter training into our election judge training.”

[ NPR ]