Thanks Jackson for promptly clearing up the misinformation published this A.M. by the CA. I went directly to the Flyer to confirm the information.
Mad, I think you have your facts mixed up, Willie did not (could not) go to court to stop anything from being on a ballot not even the Forum. If I remember correctly, Heidi's successful petition drive caused a revamping of the contract to make it more acceptable to citizens -- the Grizzlies took on more of the burden than they would have without that petition.
Heidi will be a very good County Commissioner. You are correct she is not a rubber stamp, she is intelligent, thoughtful and thorough. Anyone who lived here at the time should remember that if Heidi had not led that petition drive against the funding of the Forum, Shelby CO would now be even deeper in debt.
Indeed, Heidi will be a very good County Commissioner -- you are correct she will not be a rubber stamp. She is intelligent, thoughful, thorough and dedicated. If she had not led the petition against the Forum funding, Shelby would be in even deeper debt right now!
So, why did the other two candidates show up?
The TVCA was amended so many times that even legislators were surprised to learn they had mandated paper ballots. Activist are not experts they operate on theory, election officials are knowledgeable and experienced regarding election requirements.
Shelby has over 500,000 registered voters. We are not Hamilton or any other county. Each election must prepare for registered voters whether or not they turnout -- how else could one conduct an election? To have that many multi-page paper ballots readily available would be very, very expensive. To store those multi-page paper ballots for almost two years as required, is staggering. Think about the 300 candidates in our August 2006 election -- they caused something more than 50 different ballot faces --500,000 registered voters x 50 different ballot faces = major stacks of paper to be available, transported, stored and protected. That year Shelby had the largest ever election conducted in TN -- Hamilton did not.
One computer operated scanner per precinct? This is where the activist really stumble -- a backup is mandatory.
One of the most strange things about this argument is the attempt to make it partisan - Dems vs Repb. The fact is that Democrats were in charge when touch screen machines were instituted in Tennessee and had been in charge of elections for decades.
Nationally, according to "the news" there may have been problems, but Shelby has not had those problems we have a good Election system. Dead voters were a result of the poll workers, not the machines. Paper present an even greater opportunity for the unlawful.
I think the people have spoken. Voters in Shelby like the touchscreen. Jeff and Joyce obviously have no voting history knowledge in Shelby County. If their counties or states actually have the problems referenced, then their counties/states should defnitely switch methods or commissioners. In Shelby, we have not had those problems. Our commission was deligent and professional when instituting touchscreen voting in 1998. We have seen no shift from the normal voting pattern -- TN goes one way and Shelby goes another
Our Commission, like the other 94 election commissions in TN, was Democrat-controlled and had been for decades when touchscreens were introduced.
Shelby had 403,000 votes in the November 2008 election, I cannot imagine how big that stack of paper ballots would be or how much it would cost to store them for the required 2 years. Those experienced in voting matters do not think there is "plenty of money" available to institute paper ballots.
Unlike bank transactions, votes are confidential and CANNOT be connected to a person. Bank transactions definitely need to be linked to a person's record.
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