Increased threats to poll workers across country haven't dampened enthusiasm in Tennessee

Dulce Torres Guzman / Tennessee Lookout / Poll worker Victor Nelson is pictured at Belle Meade City Hall in Davidson County.

At Belle Meade City Hall, Victor Nelson took a quick break from his work as a poll worker, a job he says is as rewarding as it is challenging.

Nationwide, poll workers have reported feeling threatened since the 2020 presidential election cycle after former President Donald Trump propagated false claims about the election. The threats contributed to election officials leaving their positions and election commissions struggling to hire poll workers.

After watching pro-Trump rioters storm the U.S. Capital on Jan. 6, 2021, Nelson also briefly considered quitting after 14 years of service.

"It made me think twice," he said.

But despite nationwide trends, the Davidson County Election Commission has not experienced any significant drop in poll workers, according to John Hite, staffing and training manager.

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"We have natural attrition, of course, but that hasn't deviated from past years," Hite said.