Tennessee voters may have voted “Yes on 1” in the November 2014 state election, but opponents of the amendment to the state Constitution that allows the state Legislature to make laws regulating abortion have filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that the votes were tabulated incorrectly. The upshot of the lawsuit is that all voting machines used in that election are sealed until the matter is decided, or until other arrangements can be made. Anderson informed the Election Commission of this at the July 13 meeting.
She said that there have been recent developments in federal court, but they still bar the county from using the machines. She explained further that since the state may be tasked with reviewing ballots from the November 2014 election, those ballots cannot be removed from the county’s voting machines, as they would normally to prepare for the upcoming 2016 elections.
She said that one possible scenario is that once Goins is given the go-ahead, Election Commission could run additional copies of the results stored in the machines, locking up those paper tapes in case a retabulation is required. Another possible scenario is that the machines will remain locked.
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