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Finding people to work at polling places on Election Day isn't easy. But Davidson County has seen a huge surge in interest, in part, by changing how they talk about the job.

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Tennessee lawmakers have approved a bill that would let voters use their smart phones at the polls — though not without some heated debate.

The state House of Representatives agreed to a measure last night that allows phones for "informational purposes." But Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-Nashville) objected the bill doesn't let voters use their phones to take pictures or video, even if they're trying to document fraud.

"Well, now, if a law-abiding citizen sees something happening in a polling place, we're going to have them committing a crime by trying to stop criminal activity."

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Voting absentee could become a lot easier in Tennessee.

A plan making its way through the legislature would let anybody cast their ballot by mail, no questions asked. Current state law requires voters to give a reason when they apply for an absentee ballot, but the excuses can be wide-ranging.