Test drive, election commission style

Stephen Goggans, chairman of the Henry County Election Commission, examines a voting machine Monday afternoon at the election commission office inside the Weston Hall building on the Grove School campus. The machines are getting prepared for the beginning of early voting on Feb. 12.

It looks as if the Henry County Election Commission will no longer have to provide records in a federal lawsuit challenging a Tennessee election law.

DeLaina Green, county administrator of elections, was served a subpoena in December requesting voter registration information.

The case, brought by Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Tennessee against Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, challenges a recent law involving voter drives.

Green had been ordered to provide a host of records from January 2012 to October 2019.

“I have received word from (County Attorney) Rob Whitfield that Henry County has been relieved of its responsibilities,” Green said Monday. “But that is not completely official.”

She said anyone with any questions needed to seek out Whitfield for any more information.

Green said she intended to inform the election commission of that fact during its Monday afternoon meeting.

In other legal news, Green said a lawsuit by a would-be candidate for 24th Judicial District chancellor is now being handled by the state attorney general.

Green said Herbert Slatery is now representing the district’s five counties in the lawsuit brought by Ben Harmon of Savannah.

Harmon is filing suit in order to run as an independent in the Aug. 6 election.

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