Election officials are sworn to uphold law
By Steve Abernathy, The Tennessean, Editorial Page, April 5, 2013 - I have served on the Davidson County Election Commission (DCEC) for four years and worked as a poll officer for several federal, county and state elections. The oath of office I took for both jobs is the same:
“I, Steve Abernathy, do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Tennessee and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of my office.” I must support that oath even if it results in my being criticized.
Enforcing election law is not about whether “Nashville is a welcoming city,” as Tennessean columnist Gail Kerr wrote on March 25. It is about ensuring that our voting rolls are accurate and those casting a ballot are U.S. citizens by birth or by completing the naturalization process. Legal immigrants are welcomed in Nashville but not allowed to vote until they complete the naturalization process.(read more)