Volusia NAACP chapter, law enforcement prepare election day security plan for polls

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The East Volusia NAACP says it wants to ensure the safety of voters when they go to the polls next month.

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Leaders from the organization met with Daytona’s Police Chief and the Volusia County Sheriff to go over their plan.

“I want people to know that it is their right to vote and they will be protected,” says East Volusia NAACP President Cynthia Slater.

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According to Slater, the Dickerson Community Center and Bethune-Cookman University are two polling places in Daytona Beach that see some of the largest African-American voter turnout.

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Slater and local law enforcement each say they’re not aware of any specific threats that have been made.

Slater met with law enforcement officials Monday to review their plan. The Sheriff’s Office and Daytona Beach Police say there will be officers around polling places ready to respond if needed.

“I don’t anticipate any problems,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said. “It’s going to be very safe.”

Early voting begins October 19, but people can send their mail-in ballots back now.

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The Volusia County Supervisor of Elections says more than 150,000 people in Volusia County requested vote-by-mail ballots, which is a record.