To the Editor:
While in many areas of this country citizens were experiencing horrendous impediments to their right to vote, both in 2000 and 2004, Wilson County citizens were very fortunate to have the expertise of Lynn Harris.
We had always taken for granted that everyone's right to vote in the United States was sacred and protected. A wake-up call came with the Florida debacle in 2000. The year 2004 brought further disenfranchisements in Ohio, New Mexico and other states.
With unreliable voting machines, voting machines that were programmed to change votes from one candidate to another and no way to verify the vote was correctly tabulated, with horror stories of irregularities in voter registration, with fewer voting machines in poorer- districts than in wealthy sections of cities so that many were unable to cast their ballots, Wilson County's elections were essentially a breeze under the supervision of Ms. Harris.
She and her staff were happy to speak with us and tell us about the voting machines. We found her to be extremely KNOWLEDGEABLE, HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY, attributes that are becoming rarer by the day, especially in the political arena, whether Democrats or Republicans prevail (third parties and Independents have had little chance to show what they would do).
With 32 years of experience, an impressive record and endorsement by so many,why would we dismiss Ms. Harris for someone of lesser experience and expertise for this position of such vital importance to our democracy? If it ain't broke, don't fix it! KEEP MS. HARRIS AS ADMINISTRATOR OF ELECTIONS!
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