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Poll workers in Denver were ready for an active shooter even before this crazy election

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Poll workers in Denver were ready for an active shooter even before this crazy election

WATCH  | Denver trained its poll workers for a potential active shooter situation. But the heated election season wasn't the reason behind their decision.

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Getting poll workers ready for Election Day isn't just about training them to fix wonky machines and deal with voters. These days training can include something a lot more hard core: preparing for an active shooter.

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Amber McReynolds, director of elections for the City and County of Denver, talks during a media tour of the Denver Elections Division headquarters Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Denver. Elections officials highlighted the number of safeguards in place to prevent the casting of multiple ballots or voting in more than one polling center in person. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In Denver, preparing for an active shooter is just part of the protocol. Amber McReynolds is the director of elections for the city and county that could have as many as 500,000 registered voters visit the polls on November 8.  

We want to create a safe, welcoming, political-free zone for people to participate and exercise their right to vote.
Amber McReynolds, Denver's Director of Elections

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WATCH  | Nearly 700 election judges have now been trained in how to deal with an active shooter situation. According to McReynolds, they were put through the same online training as other Denver city workers. The city uses this Run-Hide-Fight training.  


2016 election isn't the reason for the training

So why add active shooter training now? Don't blame Donald Trump or the heightened violence some have witnessed at rallies across the country. Denver actually added the training to its program more than a year ago.

But McReynolds is glad her team is ready for the worst-case scenario, especially given the current political climate.  She says her team is paying close attention to the rhetoric and conversations that are happening in the political sphere.  

We pay attention to all those things because we want to be very situationally aware of what could end up being a problem for us.
Amber McReynolds

Guns may be allowed in some polling places


Denver allows concealed carry with a permit. But whether guns could legally be allowed into a polling place depends on where you vote. 

Although some polling places would have no problem with voters carrying a gun, government buildings with specific screening or security guards do not allow firearms. 


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