Saturday, June 20, 2009
Paper trail wins in Tennessee by one vote
The Tennessee legislature was ready to delay or scuttle a mandate for the state to go to paper ballots. It had passed the House and moved to the Senate. Lynn Williams, Field representative for the National Association of Community Health Clinics and NVEN voter participation partner, called her state senator. Her senator who was ready to vote with the House switched his vote. The attempt to delay or scuttle Tennessee moving to a paper ballot failed in the Senate by one vote. Tennessee is on track to join the close to 40 other states in now mandating a paper audit trail to ensure the possibility of a recount if necessary. Lynn worked with health clinics in the southeast on NACHC's Community Health Vote campaign in 2008.