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Local election commissions in Tennessee seek to reassure citizens as early voting nears

With unproven claims of rampant election fraud continuing to cause mistrust among some citizens across the U.S., local election commissions in Tennessee are seeking to reassure voters.
“While administering elections, our office follows Tennessee’s election laws which ensure that every eligible voter’s ballot is counted once and only once,” said Hardin County Administrator of Elections Jeanette Cronise. “Hardin County voters can trust in our election process.”
Tennessee was recently found to have the most secure elections in the country by The Heritage Foundation, a prominent conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.
The policy group ranks states based on factors such as voter ID, accuracy of voter rolls, absentee ballot management, election observer access, vote harvesting restrictions and verification of citizenship, The Center Square reported last month.
The Hardin County Election Commission says its administrator, bipartisan election commissioners, election staff, and a bipartisan team of local citizens serving as poll officials work to ensure the accurate tabulation of election results.
The commission said it publicly tests the voting machines. Hardin County voting machines are not connected to the internet. After the election, the Hardin County Election Commission confirms the results of every race before the election is certified.
“My office works with the Hardin County Election Commission to make it easy to register to vote, get accurate election information and cast a ballot without weakening election security,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “In Hardin County, it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
For reliable election information from the Hardin County Election Commission, voters can visit
Important local election notices are published in the print edition of The Courier. All public notices local and statewide are also available online at without a subscription. To view, click on the waving “Public Notices” banner on the home page.
For election information from the Secretary of State, visit to learn about upcoming elections, election integrity in Tennessee, voter ID, voting absentee by-mail, serving as a poll official and more. Citizens can also register to vote, update their registration or check their registration status.
The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 8 State and Federal General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. Early voting starts Wednesday, Oct. 19, and runs Monday to Saturday until Thursday, Nov. 3. The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1.
The Hardin County Election Commission’s phone number is 731-925-3375.

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