Saturday, July 18, 2009

Are Tennessee Election Officials Competent Enough to Implement Paper Ballot Law?

Is the Tennessee Secretary of State afraid that he isn't competent enough to enact Tennessee's new paper ballot law in time for the 2010 election? Could it be that he doesn't have what it takes to get the job done, so he has to keep making excuses to cover his inadequacies?

County may have to use paper ballots in 2010 Voting machines may not be up to standard in timeBy MARK HICKS • The Leaf-Chronicle • July 18, 2009 Montgomery County residents might be using paper ballots in the 2010 elections, unless the state Senate votes in January to delay the use of new voting machines until the 2012 elections. Secretary of State Tre Hargett said the reason for delaying implementation of the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act is no optical scan voting systems are available from vendors to place in each of the state's 95 counties.The SOS's new big scary threat...

[SCARE TACTICS]. OMG OMG if you don't amend the law to delay implementation, then - GASP - we will have to count paper ballots by hand! Shriek!

Citizens, E-voting activists, let me tell you from experience here in North Carolina, the SOS knows that this threat of hand counting paper ballots scares politicians more than anything! They associate HCPB with fraud and ballot box stuffing. They also tend to believe what election officials tell them (no matter how stupid).

So here comes SOS "Tre" Hargett creating a new excuse to try to kill or delay paper ballot law - if if TN doesn't amend the law to delay implementation, then - GASP - TN officials will have to count paper ballots by hand! Seems like he has a new excuse every day, its like whack-a-mole trying to correct his misinformation and trickery.

Tennesseans need to write letters to the editor, op/eds, write their County Commissioners and County Boards of Elections, and demand that they DO THEIR JOB and implement the law.

NC got the job done in less than 8 months, once we got the whining and the lawsuits done.

Aren't Tennessee's top election officials competent enough to do the job?

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