Grundy County has a new member on its Election Commission this week, as Wayne Harris has been appointed to replace Robert Willems, who recently moved out of the county.
Selected by state Senator Janice Bowling, and confirmed by the Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Mr. Harris will assume his duties immediately, just in time for this year’s critical Presidential election. As a voting machine technician for more than 25 years, his expertise will be a much appreciated asset during this tumultuous political season.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be appointed to this important position”, Harris said, “I look forward to participating in our electoral process, and, of course, upholding the Constitution and the voting laws of the State of Tennessee.”
Harris is a long-time resident of Grundy County, having built his first home here back in 1979. He and his wife Patti have been married for 42 years, and own several businesses in Altamont.
The Election Commission, headed by Administrator of Elections Donna Basham, is tasked to coordinate all county elections, encourage voter registration and education, select voting machines and methods, inforce new election laws and keeping addresses and voter information current.
The Commission is made up of five individuals. Under the current makeup of the state legislature, it sets aside three seats for Republicans, and two for Democrats. The current Democrat members are Judith Gunn and Louie Ladd, and the current Republicans are Garry Miller, Daranda Hargis, and now, Wayne Harris.
The last day to register to vote is October 11, early voting begins on October 19, and Election Day is November 8, 2016. Voters must present an official Photo ID to cast their ballot.
Government of the people, by the people and for the people only works when voters know that voting is more than just a right, it’s a citizen’s duty. It’s a small price to pay for the freedoms we enjoy, so be sure to go out and vote!
You may reach Mrs. Henderson at GrundyCountyTNRepublicanParty@gmail.com.