Retiring administrators of elections honored

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Election officials from Middle Tennessee came together Feb. 10 at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville to honor two retiring administrators of elections as part of the 2017 winter meeting. 

In addition to the recognitions, the 132 attendees heard procedural and legislative updates from state Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins and his staff and received a cyber-security presentation from FBI special agents.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Goins and MTACEO vice president Phillip Warren, of Wilson County, honored Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Vickie Koelman and Lewis County Administrator of Elections Connie Ferguson for their service. Both administrators plan to retire after years of distinguished service to the voters of their counties.

Goins and his staff informed the group about procedural changes and proposed legislation. The responsibilities of county election commissions do not end when an election is certified. Election commissions prepare every day for the next election. New voter registrations, maintenance of voter rolls, maintenance of voting equipment, election law and administration training and many other election related tasks are the daily work of every county election commission office.  Participation in the winter meeting and annual state election law seminar provides the training necessary for election officials to administer the best elections possible for the voters of their counties. 

FBI special agents Scott Augenbaum and Victor Rodriguez provided a timely presentation about personal and official cyber-security. The FBI is proactive in protecting individuals, businesses and government offices from cybercrimes. The information shared encouraged and informed election officials how to protect themselves and their offices from potential cyber problems.  

The Middle Tennessee Association of Election Officials is made up of election commissioners, administrators of elections and election commission deputies from 42 Middle Tennessee counties. MTACEO joins with counterpart organizations in west and east Tennessee to form the Tennessee Association of Election Officials. TACEO provides an educational forum for the exchange of election administration ideas and offers an opportunity for members to suggest and participate in the implementation of improvements in election law. 

To learn more about elections, voting and how to become involved with elections, contact the Wilson County Election Commission office. Information about elections and election office contacts can be found at sos.tn.gov or download the GoVoteTN app.

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