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Knox Election Commission Keeps Democratic Precinct Closed

From Georgiana Vines:
The Knox County Election Commission voted 3-2 along partisan lines today not to reopen Belle Morris Elementary School as a voting precinct in the Nov. 6 presidential election but agreed to meet with community leaders early in 2013 to determine what to do in the future.
Voting against a motion to reopen the school were Chairman Chris Heagerty, who broke a tie vote, Bob Bowman and Rob McNutt, all Republicans. Voting for the motion were Democrats Dennis Francis and Cassandra McGee Stuart.
The vote followed a contentious exchange between Bowman and former Knox County Commissioner Mark Harmon over events following a March meeting where the commission voted 4-0 to merge Belle Morris with the Larry Cox Senior Recreation Center.
Harmon presented a petition with 146 signatures calling for the Belle Morris to be reopened and reiterated disagreements with Cliff Rodgers, election administrator, on the Cox Center being more handicapped accessible and having better parking arrangements.
Harmon said the unstated reason for the closing was the strong Democratic vote at Belle Morris and that “bogus” reasons had been asserted.
Bowman said Harmon had made “bald accusations against Mr. Rodgers” and worked behind the scenes by organizing a press conferences and using the Internet to stir up a controversy instead of communicating directly with Rodgers or the commission.
Bowman was successful in getting the commission to agree to meet with community leaders at the first quarterly meeting of the commission next year to discuss the closing of Belle Morris. At one point during the meeting, he suggested Fulton High School might be an alternative choice.

Voting Precinct Shift Dismays Knox Democrats

A key Democratic precinct in what has been state Rep. Harry Tindell’s 13th House District has been combined with another precinct by Knox County election officials and Democrats are not happy.
From Georgiana Vines:
Gloria Johnson, chair of the Knox County Democratic Party and the only Democratic candidate seeking Tindell’s seat, said Belle Morris (Elementary School) was her precinct and she didn’t know the change (to Larry Cox Senior Recreation Center) was coming.
In addition, her campaign called 500 voters in the district a week ago and nobody knew the precinct had been changed, she said. She did receive a new voter registration card on Wednesday, she said.
It was included in a letter from the Knox County Election Commission notifying voters of a change in precinct, said Cliff Rodgers, elections administrator. Rodgers said he recommended Belle Morris be closed because the Cox Center is more handicapped accessible. When elections are held while school is in session, the disabled entrance at Belle Morris is locked and voters must be allowed in through the school office, he said.