NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Election day is August 1st and election officials are getting prepared.

This year you can expect it to be a different experience with new voting machines.

Voters will be handed a blank ballot, you’ll then be able to review who you’ve selected before casting your vote.

This is something Administrator of Elections for Davidson County, Jeff Roberts, said will be good for the voters.

"If you’ve purchased something out the vending machine using a dollar bill, same concept. it’ll be a little bit slower process. one because the public has to get a feel for how the machines work."

The machines require an extra step to review a printout of all selections.

The voting process is complete when the voter slides the ballot into the scanner.

Roberts said this year’s election isn't a major one compared to ones we’ve had in the past.

"If you look back at November, we voted about 250,000 people. We’re looking at half of that this time.”

There are 160 precincts across Davidson county and some of them are expected to have a lot more voters hitting the polls.

To look at a sample ballot, click here.

Also included on the ballot for August 1 are two amendments.

The first amendment, if approved, would require that, in conjunction with submitting the annual operating budget, "the mayor must also submit performance and efficiency measurements for departments, boards, commissions and agencies that receive appropriations from the metropolitan government," according to the proposal on the sample ballot at the Davidson County Election Commission.

The second amendment, if approved, would put the Metro Davidson County charter in line with state law when dealing with school board vacancies. The amendment says, in part, "in the event a vacancy should occur for any reason other than the expiration of the term of a board member, the vacancy shall be filled by the metropolitan council in accordance with the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, section 49-2-201(a)(1). Persons eligible for appointment shall reside within the school district in which the vacancy occurs to and shall serve until the next countywide general election, at which time a person shall be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term."

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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