A group of activists is planning to survey every voter from an East Nashville precinct in an attempt to verify that their votes were properly recorded by electronic voting machines, reports the Nashville Scene.
Questions about the precinct at Cora Howe Elementary initially stemmed from a poll workers’ concerns that the precinct’s results on the Amendment One referendum earlier this month were flawed. Now members of the group, called Gathering to Save our Democracy, say they witnessed problems with the machines themselves.
Bernie Ellis, a veteran squeaky wheel when it comes to electronic voting machines among other things, says he voted “No” on Amendment One, but noticed that his vote had changed to “Yes” when he went back to review his ballot. He says he also spoke to another voter who made a selection on every race and amendment, only to go back to review the ballot before submitting it and find that his votes on all four amendments had been erased.
So Ellis and the group are planning to attempt something they say has never been done in the country before — a 100 percent exit poll of the 876 people who voted at the precinct.
The group will first need official data from the election that the Davidson County Election Commission said Monday will not be available until next month. When it is, Ellis says Eastwood Christian Church has offered its sanctuary for a full week for the group to perform its exit poll study. Voters will be asked to bring all the identification they used to vote on election day, and while their actual votes will remain anonymous, the group will be able to use poll books from election day to confirm that each individual truly voted. Then they will fill out a survey that asks how they voted for governor, U.S. Senate, and Amendment 1. They will also be asked whether they experienced any problems at the polls.