As you may remember, the TVCA is a bill that in 2008 was passed 92-3 in the State House and unanimously in the State Senate, and was to be implemented in 2010. In 2010, the General Assembly voted to delay implementation until 2012. This year, the bills introduced will either repeal it completely (SB1805 and HB0414) or delay it indefinitely (SB1203 and HB0386). Read more about the TVCA below.
SB1805 and SB1203 are scheduled to be heard in Senate State & Local Government Committee on Tuesday, 4/12, at 10:30 am in room LP 12.
HB0414 is scheduled to be heard in House State & Local subcommittee on Wednesday, 4/13, at 3:30 in room LP 30.
HB0386 is scheduled in House Finance subcommittee on Wednesday, 4/13, at 11:00 am in room LP 29.
Contact info for the committees is listed on the right. Please call and email each member and urge them to keep the TVCA intact and on track for 2012 implementation.
Message to Legislators About TVCA:
With the TVCA, Tennesseans will vote on paper ballots that will be counted by optical scan machines.
Paper ballots reassure us that our votes are being counted accurately.
Paper ballots can be audited or recounted - votes on the machines we use now cannot.
Because the electronic touch-screen electronic machines we use to vote on now only store votes electronically, votes cannot be independently recounted or audited.
Votes cast on electronic touch-screen electronic voting machines are also vulnerable to software glitches and computer malfunctions.
Governmental entities and private corporations are routinely audited regardless of whether problems are suspected. With so much at stake, the same should be true for elections.
The ongoing operational costs for elections for the TVCA will be lower. A recent study [pdf] demonstrated that Florida counties that used electronic touch-screen machines had average operating costs each year that were three to 5 times higher than Florida counties that used Optical Scan machines and paper ballots.
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