I got a call a few minutes ago from a local businessman wanting to know why polls here open at 9 a.m. when in some other places, including Nashville and its surrounding counties, they open at 7 a.m.
The reason I've been given in the past -- and it comes up every election cycle -- is that operating from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., plus setup and takedown time, would mean hiring an extra shift of poll workers countywide, which would add considerably to the cost of the election (plus the difficulty of finding enough workers).
I haven't spoken to anyone about the issue this time around but I assume the rationale still applies.
It's all a matter of trade-offs. If you believe that the added participation which might result from an earlier start time is worth the cost, you should let county officials know. If, on the other hand, you think that the current system is satisfactory, you should let them know that too.