Indianapolis Metro Police increasing security for Election Day

Protecting polling places 5pm
Poll safety training 6pm
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - So far, thousands of people have voted early in Marion County, and despite the fact that they pass through no security checks, there have been no problems.

"We have not had one issue with security," said Brienne Delaney of the Marion County Election Board.

Still, officials are bracing for the actual election day on November 8th.

"The issue has been brought up to us, 'what are you going to do if there is an emergency situation at a polling location with an angry voter?' or something like that, we've instructed our poll workers to call 911 if there's an emergency, absolutely call 911 if there's an emergency,” said Delaney.

And if that does happen, don't expect to see uniformed officers and squad cars. IMPD's Election Day plan includes plain clothes officers in unmarked cars.

"In a situation like that, you could see someone going into vote and, see these police cars there, and don't go vote. And then, next thing you know, they forget to do it...or something comes up and they're not able to do it. So again, this is why we chose a more discreet way to deal with these issues should they arise," said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.

Many schools which serve as polling places have opted to cancel classes for the general election. That removes the potential security threat posed by allowing the voting public to come in contact with students, but isn't in response to this contentious election.

"It's honestly not something that we've even talked about in the district and it's something that we worked into our calendar two years ago, not knowing what this election would look like," said Wayne Township Schools spokeswoman Mary Lang. This will be the fourth year Wayne Township Schools have canceled classes on Election Day.

As of Oct. 27, Marion County still needs poll workers for Election Day (11/8) and possibly the day after. The pay is $70 to $150 a day. More info: (317) 327-5100.