The group that first complained about improperly programmed technology that led to ballot errors in the August elections now worries that the panel is about to bring the electronic poll books back in November. The Davidson County Election Commission will reconsider the use of electronic poll books during its meeting Thursday afternoon, said Election Administrator Albert Tieche. Tieche has acknowledged that the poll books were improperly programmed, causing an undetermined number of voters to be steered toward the Republican primary by default even when they didn’t express their preference.
Mary Mancini, the executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, said fair elections will be impossible in Nashville if the electronic poll books are used. “If they go ahead and do this, they are going to completely remove any trust that the citizens of Davidson County have in their elections at this point,” Mancini said.
Congressman Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, has also raised several questions and concerns about the poll books, how they were used and the company that provides them. “We should go back to the system that worked for all Nashvillians,” he said in a statement.