Election Commission Audit Finds Security Improvements Fell by the Wayside

Five years after the state handed down recommendations for better securing voter information, a new audit finds that the Davidson County Election Commission basically forgot about those instructions.

The 2008 report followed a robbery in which computers containing voters’ names, addresses and social security numbers were stolen from election commission offices. Based on it, seven new security measures were to be adopted. But the new report from Metro’s Office of Internal audit finds only two are currently implemented. Several others were initially adopted, but later abandoned.

Election coordinator Albert Tieche says the 2008 report was before his time in the office, and that he actually didn’t know it existed until the auditors’ visit. “They actually found a copy of that report I believe in their office,” Tieche says. “We did not have a copy.”

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