Advocate demands election system review in Tennessee county

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An elections integrity advocate is demanding that Tennessee officials subject voting systems in the state’s largest county to a rigorous security review and overhaul.

Attorney Carol Chumney asked Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Shelby County Election Commission officials to seek risk and vulnerability assessments of county voting systems by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ahead of the Nov. 6 elections.

Chumney wants a voting system that uses antiquated electronic voting machines to be replaced ahead of the October 2019 Memphis municipal election with a system that uses paper ballots.

Chumney, a former Memphis a City Council member, co-wrote a 2017 report about problems with Shelby County elections.

Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said it’s up to the county to decide whether to replace its voting system.

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