Friday, April 5, 2013

Steve Abernathy: Election Officials are sworn to uphold law.

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)

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