Retiring Administrators of Elections Honored

Lebanon, TN –Election officials from Middle Tennessee came together Friday, February 10th, at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville to honor two retiring Administrators as part of the 2017 winter meeting. In addition to the recognitions, the 132 attendees heard procedural and legislative updates from Coordinator of Elections, Mark Goins, and his staff and received a cybersecurity presentation from FBI Special Agents.

Administrators of Elections Vickie Koelman of Montgomery County and Connie Ferguson of Lewis County were honored for their service by Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins and MTACEO Vice President Phillip Warren. Both Administrators are retiring after years of distinguished service to the voters of their counties.

Coordinator 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 cybersecurity. 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).  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 you can be involved with elections contact your county Election Commission office. Information about elections and election office contacts can be found at http://sos.tn.gov/  or GoVoteTN app.