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Electoral Commission Reports 100% Accuracy in First Post-Election Audit | Local News

ByChad J. Johnson

May 17, 2022

The Williamson County Elections Commission said Tuesday that its first post-election audit of the county’s recent primary election held May 3 showed 100% accuracy.

Earlier this year, state Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) and state Rep. Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro) sponsored legislation the General Assembly passed to improve the Tennessee election audit process. As a pilot program under the legislation, Williamson County will hand-count a sample of ballots cast in the May, August and November 2022 elections.

The legislation, SB 2675 and HB 2585, directs counties to verify the highest contested countywide office appearing on the ballot.

The Williamson County Election Commission conducted a hand count of the Republican primary race for circuit court judge in the 21st Judicial District, Division II, and the county clerk race in the Democratic primary.

Before the polls closed on Election Day, an early voting scanner from Fairview Recreation Center, an Election Day scanner from Sunset Elementary School, and an absentee by mail were randomly selected for audit. All manually counted ballots matched the scanned votes.

“We are delighted that the first post-election audit of the year went smoothly and we look forward to continuing this process to reassure voters of the integrity of our elections,” the county’s election administrator said. of Williamson, Chad Gray. “We are grateful to our 20-member bipartisan counting committee for their assistance in completing this important work.”

The Williamson County Election Commission will audit the county’s mayoral contest in the county’s federal and state and general primary elections on August 4. The governor’s race will be audited for the Nov. 8 state general election.

For more information, contact the Williamson County Election Commission at (615) 790-5711.