Hopefully

Cleveland, TN

#21 May 21, 2013
Hopefully, the poll watchers or possibly the poll watching chaperone/inspector will stop a couple of the dearly departed from voting. It is amazing how much influence the local graveyards possess.
Wishing that

Strawberry Plains, TN

#22 May 21, 2013
city taxpayers that work out of town could have had a chance at early voting. No early Saturday voting and the weekday 8-4 schedule made sure that everyone might not get a chance to vote. We really need someone in charge that considers all taxpayers when making these decisions. In fact, we need to insist that city elections are included with the general election. It would clearly eliminate the cost of this special election and the control some have.
Unbelieveable

Johnson City, TN

#23 May 21, 2013
Fred Helton wrote:
<quoted text>
Did some checking and found out that you almost had it right..yes poll watchers aren't payed , but the election commission has to pay an additional person to watch the poll watchers (to keep them from voter interfernce or intimidation) and that person is payed by taxpayers at an hourly rate.The person being payed is called an inspector . At anytime someone places a poll watcher in the building then extra people are needed to watch them no matter when the election is held . Therefore by placing Ann Trent and Hedrick Winkle on premises to poll watch then the cost to the tax payers is greater. Call Donna Sharp she can explaine it better perhaps.Silly isn't it Just so silly
Is Ann Trent the same Ann that is Carolyn's sister??
Chris

Strawberry Plains, TN

#24 May 21, 2013
Seeing people take an active part in what is happening at the polls is a good thing. Glad to see the interest. If this election were held at the same time as the others there would be no need of any extra funds being spent on an unnecessary election. Hope we can get this fixed.
PREVENTS

Knoxville, TN

#25 May 21, 2013
Wishing that wrote:
city taxpayers that work out of town could have had a chance at early voting. No early Saturday voting and the weekday 8-4 schedule made sure that everyone might not get a chance to vote. We really need someone in charge that considers all taxpayers when making these decisions. In fact, we need to insist that city elections are included with the general election. It would clearly eliminate the cost of this special election and the control some have.
Most early voting..but city employees under threat can vote on the clock..courthouse employees also...those working out of town can forget it...but fewer is better for those already in office.
Watcher

Kingsport, TN

#26 May 21, 2013
2-7-104. Poll watchers.

(a) Each political party and any organization of citizens interested in a question on the ballot or interested in preserving the purity of elections and in guarding against abuse of the elective franchise may appoint poll watchers. The county election commission may require organizations to produce evidence that they are entitled to appoint watchers. Each candidate in primary elections and each independent candidate in general elections may appoint one (1) or more poll watchers for each polling place; provided, however, at any given time, each such candidate shall have not more than one (1) such poll watcher on duty at each polling place. All appointments of watchers shall be in writing and signed by the persons or organizations authorized to make the appointment. All poll watchers' names shall be submitted to the county election commission no later than twelve o'clock (12:00) noon of the second working day before the election. All appointed poll watchers must have reached the age of seventeen (17) by election day.

(b) Each political party which has candidates in the election and each citizens' organization may have two (2) watchers at each polling place. One (1) of the watchers representing a party may be appointed by the chair of the county executive committee of the party and the other by a majority of the candidates of that party running exclusively within the county in which the watchers are appointed. If the candidates of a party fail to appoint the watchers by twelve o'clock (12:00) noon on the third day before the election, the chair of the county executive committee of the party may appoint both watchers representing the chair's party. In addition, each candidate in a general election may appoint one (1) or more poll watchers for each polling place; provided, however, at any given time, each such candidate shall have not more than one (1) such poll watcher on duty at each polling place.

(c) Upon arrival at the polling place, a watcher shall display such watcher's appointment to the officer of elections and sign the register of watchers. Poll watchers may be present during all proceedings at the polling place governed by this chapter. They may watch and inspect the performance in and around the polling place of all duties under this title. A watcher may, through the judges, challenge any person who offers to vote in the election. A watcher may also inspect all ballots while being called and counted and all tally sheets and poll lists during preparation and certification. A poll watcher who wishes to protest any aspect of the conduct of the election shall present such protest to the officer of elections or to the county election commission or to an inspector. The officer of elections or county election commission shall rule promptly upon the presentation of any protest and take any necessary corrective action.

(d) No watcher may interfere with any voter in the preparation or casting of such voter's ballot or prevent the election officials' performance of their duties. No watcher may observe the giving of assistance in voting to a voter who is entitled to assistance. Watchers shall wear poll watcher badges with their names and their organization's name but no campaign material advocating voting for candidates or positions on questions.

(e) Poll watchers observing the duties of the absentee counting board shall not leave the room, or place of counting, after the actual counting of the ballots has begun. Poll watchers observing the duties of the absentee counting board are prohibited from possessing any electronic device, including a cellular telephone or pager, capable of transmitting election results to a location outside the room where the ballots are being tabulated.
Inspector

Lawrenceburg, TN

#27 May 21, 2013
Fred Helton wrote:
<quoted text>
Did some checking and found out that you almost had it right..yes poll watchers aren't payed , but the election commission has to pay an additional person to watch the poll watchers (to keep them from voter interfernce or intimidation) and that person is payed by taxpayers at an hourly rate.The person being payed is called an inspector . At anytime someone places a poll watcher in the building then extra people are needed to watch them no matter when the election is held . Therefore by placing Ann Trent and Hedrick Winkle on premises to poll watch then the cost to the tax payers is greater. Call Donna Sharp she can explaine it better perhaps.Silly isn't it Just so silly
An election inspector's duties vary. Some of them consist of issuing ballots to registered voters if paper ballots are used, monitoring the voting equipment and making sure no campaign literature is within 100 feet of the voting poll. Regardless of whether there are poll watchers or not there are still inspectors during an election. Everyone needs to know poll watchers add no expense to an election.
bennifits

Kingsport, TN

#28 May 22, 2013
if all city and county employees are alowd to use taxpayers vehicles , gas ,tires , and oil to run their personal erands , where do i sign up ? this stuff is to expensive for me to use my own ..
because most

Seymour, TN

#29 May 22, 2013
bennifits wrote:
if all city and county employees are alowd to use taxpayers vehicles , gas ,tires , and oil to run their personal erands , where do i sign up ? this stuff is to expensive for me to use my own ..
CONSIDER IT A RIGHT...THEY INHERITED, YOU HAVE OFFICES THAT HAVE ONLY HAD 2 FAMILIES IN CHARGE FOR OVER 200 YRS. WE HAVE THE DUMBEST OR CHEAPEST VOTES ANYWHERE.
bennifits

Kingsport, TN

#30 May 22, 2013
hell , if thats the case , i want to run for mayor,
where do i sign up ? or do i need to be part of a
influential family with no experience in running anthing ? or have ruined what little i did know ..
I'M SO CONFUSED.. i know a lot about a little and a little about a lot ..(the citizens of rogersville should take a long hard look at who is prommising what)it does not take a rocket scientist to count money , run rogersville and put corrupt people in prison if you have the balls to stand up to certain influential people .
because most

Knoxville, TN

#31 May 22, 2013
bennifits wrote:
hell , if thats the case , i want to run for mayor,
where do i sign up ? or do i need to be part of a
influential family with no experience in running anthing ? or have ruined what little i did know ..
I'M SO CONFUSED.. i know a lot about a little and a little about a lot ..(the citizens of rogersville should take a long hard look at who is prommising what)it does not take a rocket scientist to count money , run rogersville and put corrupt people in prison if you have the balls to stand up to certain influential people .
have a lack of....and then there is the thing called MONEY.
Votes

Sevierville, TN

#32 May 23, 2013
Votes count and every one is important and could make a difference in the outcome. Just have a couple of days to get'r done.
Slash

Brevard, NC

#33 May 23, 2013
Everyone should vote for ms. Elder. Her 1000 faces and personalities would fit in perfect!!
get over it

Sevierville, TN

#34 May 23, 2013
we have our four yr paving projects going in place for most, voters we get to pay for it next yrs tax hike. now you dumb asses vote...like being raped ad saying THANK YOU...DAMN a wasted comment.
Slash

Brevard, NC

#35 May 23, 2013
Everyone should vote for ms. Elder. She can take her "I AM A GREAT CHRISTIAN WOMAN FACE" and organize group prayer sessions and pray Rogersville into a better place.
Disappointme

Ringgold, GA

#36 May 23, 2013
This local election has proven quite boring and uneventful. I thought another candidate was going to show up in the mayor race at the last minute and was really disappointed when he didn't get involved. Kinda lost interest, as did many, when it didn't happen. If the encumbent wins then you'll get an even 40 years of the same and if the newbie wins you'll get told what to do and a repeat of olden chamber days, of which the younger crowd wouldn't know about. It's a no-win situation for the town. Ho-hum
Voter

Knoxville, TN

#37 May 23, 2013
Uneventful! Don't think so! We are sliding downhill every day that the current people are in office. The office holders are doing fine and so are their buddies. Chances are with the low vote turnout, and early voting hours that only benefitted city workers that we will have the same tax hikes and internal wastes to continue to deal with. Don't know what it will take to break up the monopoly here but keep hoping that something will happen that will give the rest of us some relief. People, there are those in office that use their office to benefit themselves, their families, people they want to control, and they don't give the rest of us the time of day.... until it is time to cast another vote. People keep on falling for this same old game.
old voter

Tullahoma, TN

#38 May 24, 2013
Disappointme wrote:
This local election has proven quite boring and uneventful. I thought another candidate was going to show up in the mayor race at the last minute and was really disappointed when he didn't get involved. Kinda lost interest, as did many, when it didn't happen. If the encumbent wins then you'll get an even 40 years of the same and if the newbie wins you'll get told what to do and a repeat of olden chamber days, of which the younger crowd wouldn't know about. It's a no-win situation for the town. Ho-hum
Agree. Younger crowd probably won't vote anyway.
New Voter

Dandridge, TN

#39 May 24, 2013
Can't find many that even know there is an election so don't believe much will change. All we can do is be responsible for our 1 vote and pray for change. It was a miracle that some of the corruption in our court system was recently exposed, so I keep praying that some of the corruption in city hall will also be made public. Believe that we need an independent city audit and records and expenditures need to be public record so there can be accountability for where funds are going and how hiring decisions are made. I want to believe this is not happening but everything I see says we are being duped. Only one day left to vote for change. If nothing happens this time, we need to stay as aware and as active as possible to know what's going on in our town and how our money is being used. Office holders are paid by us, should be making decisions in our favor, and certainly should be held accountable by us.
Paving

Columbia, SC

#40 May 24, 2013
get over it wrote:
we have our four yr paving projects going in place for most, voters we get to pay for it next yrs tax hike. now you dumb asses vote...like being raped ad saying THANK YOU...DAMN a wasted comment.
Paving in the city this week was crazy! Why pave only one block of a street and not all of it? Why pave a street with one house? I'm sure the money had to be spent on something before year end. But your correct taxes will either go up right after the election like last time or at least next year. Vote these people out! Wonder How much of our tax money has built new homes on the lake?

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