Metro Council Moves to Remove Funding for Electronic Poll Books, Asks for Audit

Letter from Council to Mr. TiecheA letter from Council-at-large member Megan Barry to her compadres:

Dear Fellow Councilmembers,

Over the last several days, I have been surprised and alarmed to learn that the August primary in Davidson County may have been compromised due to the new electronic polling books.

As an elected official in Davidson County, I am concerned about the integrity of the vote.  I have been in contact with the Administer of Elections, and he maintains that there is no problem with the new electronic polling books.

He and I respectfully disagree.  CMs Matthews, Steine and Maynard and I are filing legislation today that would deny funds to the Commission to purchase additional machines at this time and we will be asking the Internal Audit Department to conduct an audit as soon as possible to determine what steps need to be taken to make sure that all voters, regardless of their Party, have confidence in the voting process and the technology being used.

At the completion of the audit and after any recommended action items from the audit are implemented, we would look forward to working with the election commission to appropriate the funds at that time.

I am attaching the letter [pdf] and the amendment [pdf] that we are sending to Mr. Tieche.  If you would like to add your name to the amendment, please let, please know as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind regards,

The letter from Barry, Councilman Lonnell Matthews, Councilman-at-large Ronnie Steine, and Councilman-at-large Jerry Maynard,  to Mr. Tieche, and the amendment can be found here.



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