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We'll have what you need to know if you're casting your ballot tomorrow.

And, in tonight's health watch, we'll show you how more people are using meditation apps to help with their anxiety - especially ahead of election day.

"prime news at 7.

Your news starts now."

Good evening, i'm emily cassulo.

Welcome to prime news at 7.

Andrew has the night off.

In the run up to tomorrow's presidential election, many are worried about the possibility of civil unrest.

But members of the national council on election integriy are warning that we might not find out who the winner of the election is, until days after.

Council member and former u-s representative zach wamp is urging candidates to not declare an early victory on election night.

He says it could ignite violence in many american cities.

"there's tremendous interest in this election, that's the good news.

The bad news is we're very tribal and there's almost a tinder box out there that could be ignited that we're concerned about, you know, violence."

The council will be holding optional daily meetings starting tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock eastern on zoom.

With mounting concerns over the possibility of post-election violence, the georgia department of public safety issued a statement, saying, quote, "election time is always a heavy concern for the department of public safety, and it is even more concerning during these most recent times of civil unrest around the state.

A primary goal of d-p-s is the safety of those exercising their constitutional rights, whether it be during the election process or engaging in first amendment right activities."

"d-p-s has prevention and response measures in place for concerns of extremist violence.

D-p-s will not share those prevention and response measures in advance of the upcoming election, as it would compromise strategic planning, and the safety of the troopers and officers involved."

The georgia department of health is updating its protocols for isolation and quarantine, allowing people to vote in person on election day.

Georgia voters who are quarantining tomorrow can be at polling sites, but they're encouraged to take the proper steps to protect poll workers and fellow voters.

They include wearing a mask, staying six feet away from others, and frequently sanitizing and hand washing.

Officials say voting equipment will be sanitized throughout the day.

If you're considered a case, the health department says you should inform your registered polling location.

We want to make sure that the poll that you're going to knows that you a contact or a case so they can help facilitate your activities at the poll site themselves.

Georgia officials say you cannot be turn away from voting at any polling location just because you're not wearing a mask.

Georgia officials say more than 400 thousand georgians requested their absentee ballots online.

And more than 100 thousand signed up for ballot tracking services for for updates on their absentee status.

Gabriel sterling explains what you can do if you have not received your absentee ballot yet.

Theres two things theycan do: they can wait for today, see if the ballot comes in, vote it and then drop it in the drop box but the main thing that they're probably going to have to do is go to their polling location, tell the poll worker and poll manager they need to cancel their ballot, get that caneled and then they'll be able to vote in person.

Sterling says data suggest about a 20 minute wait time at each polling location in georgia.

In tennessee, more than half of registered voters have already cast their ballots early in-person, or absentee by mail.

Secrety of state tre hargett suggests arriving at polling sites at non peak times, like mid-morning or afternoon.

Hargett also says polling sites will also follow c-d-c guidelines.

We are doing everything we can to make those polling sites safe and secure but we also ask voters to do their part.

We want voters to wear a face covering, we want them to social distance, be respectful of one another.

They're going to notice that election officials have done a great job of makingit a clean environment and reducing the number of touch points so that voters can come in and not touch multiple things that other people have touched.

Hargett says you should contact your local election commission about voting sites that accomodate voters who have the coronavirus.

There is an emergency voting site available for anyone with covid-19, if you think you have symptoms, or are in quarantine.

Tomorrow, the voting site will be located at the election commission office at 700 river terminal road.

It will be open from 8 to 8.

Election officials are recommending you call before you come, at the number you see on your screen.

Tennessee u-s senate candidate bill hagerty was making stops across the state today, campaigning with senator marsha blackburn.

In the final hours before election day, the trump-endorsed candidate says he is feeling good about where he's positioned for election day.

> "but i'm not taking anything for granted i'm getting out and working hard for every single vote i can earn here in tennessee."

"we're making certain that every possible vote gets in that ballot box.

It's going to be a great day for bill hagerty.

He will become our senator-elect."

Hagerty is running against democratic candidate marquita bradshaw.

Tomorrow is election day and the presidential contenders are criss-crossing the nation to make their closing arguments to the voters.

Natalie brand has a look at their final push.

On the eve of election day... president trump and democratic presidential nominee joe biden are hitting the campaign trail in five crucial states.

"get out and vote.

" the president makes the most campaign stops at five rallies... "with your vote...we will continue to cut your taxes, cut regulations, support our police, support our military, protect our 2nd amendment.

" biden kicked off the day with a last minute stop cleveland, ohio.

Presidential candidate/clevela nd, oh) "tomorrow we have an opportunity to put an end to a presidency that's divided this nation."

"the fight for pennsylvania is dominating both campaigns' final hours before tuesday's election -- with all four candidates fanning out across the commonwealth."

Vice presidential candidate/lehigh valley, pa) "pennsylvania will determine who will be the next president of the united states."

"the road to victory goes right through the keystone state."

Biden surprised college students at the university of pittsburgh with a visit from lady gaga -- who is joining him as he campaigns in the "steel city" this evening presidential candidate/pittsbur g, pa) "it's time for donald trump to pack his bags and go home.

Go home."

Former president barack obama is pushing to get out last minute voters in atlanta, georgia, and miami, florida -- two states where the black vote could be key to a biden victory.

"florida, you delivered for me twice, and now i'm asking you to deliver for all of us."

More than 96-million americans have already cast early ballots... and a recent cbs news poll shows biden has an edge with early voters, though the vast majority of the president's supporters are expected to come out on election day.

Natalie brand, cbs news, the white house.

Vice presidential candidate kamala harris will be joined by music star john legend for a drive-in rally in philadelphia, tonight.

Just like four years ago, president trump's last campaign event the night before election day will be in grand rapids, michigan.

We now know the ages of the victims who were injured in a shooting saturday afternoon.

Chattanooga police say two of the victims are 19, and the third is 18.

The shooting happened on glenwood drive near c-h-i memorial hospital.

Police say one victim's injuries are life threatening.

They're still investigating.

Call c-p-d if you have any information.

The tennessee highway patrol has identified the driver who was killed in wreck friday in polk county.

They say 28 year old ian galloway's ford focus struck a road sign and a tree before coming to rest on railroad tracks.

Galloway was from benton.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a house fire in ooltewah this morning.

It happened shortly after 6:30 at a home on azlar drive.

The tri-community volunteer fire department responded.

The homeowners were out of town.

No one was hurt.

The house is considered a total loss with damages listed at 120 thousand dollars.

A local mall operator is filing for bankruptcy protection.

C-b-l says their malls will remain open as they go through the process.

The company has been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, but even before the virus, malls have struggled to attract shoppers who are increasingly shopping online or elsewhere.

Based in chattanooga, c- b-l operates 107 malls across the u.s. dozens of applebee's and i- hop restaurants will be shutting their doors permanently.

Last week, dine brands-- the parent company for the two chains-- announced it is shutting down up to 100 restaurants.

They did not say how many i-hop locations would be impacted, but about 15- applebee's locations could close.

The company blames the move partly on the economic impact of the pandemic.

The closings are expected to happen over the next six months.

No word on which locations will close or how many employees will be affected.

United airlines is going to offer free coronavirus tests to passengers ahead of their flights.

The airline hopes the move will help get more people traveling again.

It's calling the plan a pilot program for now, and say it can essentially guarantee that everyone on board is covid-19 negative.

The four-week trial run starts november 16-th, just before the typical hectic holiday travel season.

Passengers will have to arrive three hours before their flight to get rapid test results in time.

For now, united will test people flying between newark's airport and london's heathrow.

People flying into the u-k will still face a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Time now to meet news 12's pet of the week, tabbie!

And she could be yours if you'd like to adopt her from the humane educational society of chattanooga.

This two-and-a-half-year-old, white and brown tabby is very sweet and loving.

Tabbie likes lounging around with her feline friends, getting gentle pets from people, and doing some birdwatching from her bed by the window.

If tabbie sounds like she's a good fit for your family, contact the humane educational society.

All dogs and cats there are up to date on vaccinations.

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A new study finds more than half of americans expect election day to be the most tense day of their lives - with younger people experiencing the most stress.

Whether it's the election or the ongoing pandemic, meditation apps are seeing a spike in usage as more americans look for ways to cope.

Doctors say the health benefits of a little quiet time are enormous.

Nancy chen spoke with one new user who says the proof - is in the practice.

It's tonight's health watch.

Nat sot) "everybody talks about meditating and i was like, no, that sounds like hocus pocus.

How is that going to help.?!"

) for 31 -year-old katie richmond, sitting in silence seemed like the worst thing ever for her anxiety.

But since june , she's been meditating every day for 10 minutes.and says it's changed her life.

)"i've been able to sleep better.

I feel like i'm able to handle the daily stressors better."

"just begin by taking a big, deep, breath.."

) meditation app "headspace" says its downloads are up about 20% since mid-march.

And "calm" reports its daily downloads have doubled.

Experts say meditation can introduce mindfulness: "it's paying attention on purpose in the present moment."

) psychiatrist dr. seema desai says it can help counter the negative effects of stress: ) "it can have an effect on our immune system, our blood pressure, heart rate."

)meditation can look like many different things - from a seated mindfulness that's incorporated into daily activities - even household chores.

)"so for washing the dishes what is the water temperature feel like right now )"and when we're doing that, it's often helping us stay centered, stay focused."

)that kind of focus brings calm which richmond says benefits everyone.

)"me being my best is going to make sure that i can give my best to everybody else."

)and experts say don't get discouraged.

Meditation is like any exercise - - stick with it and you'll see the benefits.

Nancy chen, cbs news.

### coming up next on prime news at seven... in this week's tech byte, we look at some of the features of sony's newest game console, the playstation 5.

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Io buiddics on gaming has entered uncharted territory with the new sony playstation 5.

Let's look at the features of this new console.

I'm emily cassulo, and this is tech byte.

Sony's new flagship console, the playstation 5, is a big achievement in the gaming world.

Its massive size dwarfs its predecessor, and is matched by its powerful processors.

The ultra-high speed ssd helps you play games with near instant load time!

And the graphics are better than ever before with an 8k output built in.

There are two versions of the console.

The normal ps5, which costs $499, and the ps5 digital edition, which is $100 less.

Sony has also announced several accessories.

The new dualsense wireless controller has a sleek design for sure, but that's just the start.

Sony says it creates a highly immersive gaming experience, featuring their new haptic feedback that responds to your actions within the game.

It also features a built in microphone and integrated speaker.

You can also get immersed with the new pulse 3d wireless headset.

This gives a realistic soundscape that puts you in the center of all the action.

The ps5 and ps5 digital are available for pre-order and will launch november 12.

I'm emily cassulo, and that's this week's tech byte.

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