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Another election has come and gone. Even though we experienced a large voter turnout, we had very few problems.
As usual, the Attorney General’s Office visited several of the voting locations looking for voter fraud and election officer compliance. Nothing was found.
I want to thank several for helping make Election Day go so well. I will start with my staff. The election process never stops in our office. My staff continually works to ensure that everything is ready for Election Day. My deputies work daily to process voter registration information along with preparing for the upcoming Election. The next group due a thank you is the Anderson County Board of Elections, which includes Steven Sea, Adam Burton and Sheriff Troy Young, assisted by County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis. They are the individuals that have to make important and sometimes unpopular decisions to ensure that the integrity of the election process is intact and that each qualified voter has their vote counted.
Next, I want to thank those that helped deliver and pick up all the equipment to the voting locations. They are Tim Moore, Ronnie Hume, Donnie Hatchett and Nick Satterly.
Next, I want to thank the Anderson County Board of Education for allowing us to use its facilities to allow voters to cast their ballots on Election Day. The principals, custodians and staff at Emma B. Ward, Robert B. Turner, Anderson County High School and Anderson Middle School help us prepare and set up for this very important day.
I also want to thank Beaver Creek Masonic Lodge, Hickory Grove Fire Station and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for the use of their facilities and the work that goes along with preparing for Election Day. All these facilities are handicap accessible by the public and are made ready whenever needed.
A special thanks to Lawrenceburg Medical Supply, Ritchie Peach Funeral Home, Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Anderson County EMS, the Fiscal Court and The Anderson News for their assistance. We also thank those individuals that most of you see on Election Day, election officers.
Each year board members search for registered voters willing to work on Election Day. These election officers receive mandatory training before each election to ensure that all laws are followed and each qualified vote is counted. These election officers work a hard 14-hour day and we thank each of them for serving their community. At last we than you, the voter, for taking the time to have your vote counted.
We all need to appreciate the privilege that we are given and the freedom that we have to cast our vote for the person that we deem best qualified for office.
Jason Denny is the Anderson County Clerk.