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Report: TN at “High Risk” for Voting Problems Today

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February 5, 2008

Nashville, TN – Tennessee is at "high risk" today for voting problems, according to a voter watchdog report that criticizes the state for not providing paper receipts for voters or auditing the voting machines.

Pamela Smith with the Verified Voting Foundation says even with that bad news, she is encouraging voters to go to the polls. She says she believes most votes will be counted, and counted correctly, but the system still needs guarantees.

"The problem is not that it doesn't work all the time, it's that we don't have a way of proving it's working. I would urge voters to show up and make the effort."

Smith says Tennessee's history of voting problems should be even more reason for people to vote.

"Show up and make the effort, because the one sure way your vote won't count is if you don't show up."

The legislature is looking at providing a paper trail and auditing voting machines, although some say the state doesn't have enough money to make the changes before November. Smith says a separate Congressional proposal would help states make those changes.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - TN