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Election Administrator shares facts, Veteran praises Farragut citizen

Election Administrator shares facts

After several months of careful review, a new voting system has been selected for use in Knox County. Beginning with early voting for the Aug. 3 Primary Election, the eSlate will replace our optical scan system. If you are an absentee voter, you will vote on a paper ballot. If you vote in person, you will vote on a state-of-the-art voting system on which many million votes have been cast accurately and


The purchase of this new system is necessary to comply with the Help America Vote Act signed into law by the president Oct. 29, 2002. This law requires voting systems to be accessible so that all voters can cast a vote privately and independently, including those who are blind or who have mobility impairments. It also appropriates funds to assist counties with the purchase of new systems. Federal funds will pay $1,003,750 of the $1,596,866 cost of the system.

I want to take this opportunity to share some system facts with you and to provide simple instructions on using the new system as detailed on this Web site.

Our system is secure. From the generation of the ballot to the tabulation of votes at our centralized counting center, security measures are in place to ensure no unauthorized individual has access to the system. Neither the vote tabulation program nor any other component of the voting system is ever connected to the Internet or an external network at any time.

Our system is accurate. The eSlate uses a state-of-the-art optical encoder, called the SELECT wheel to navigate through the ballot. This technology provides 100 percent positional accuracy at all times.

Our system is durable. Because the eSlate is not a touch screen, it is extremely durable, withstanding most harm from rough treatment, thus eliminating the costs of repair.

Our system is easy to use. Whether voting absentee on our new paper ballot or in person on the eSlate, the system is easy to use. Take a test drive of the eSlate at The eSlate also meets all federal and accessibility requirements. Special accessibility features are also available.

If you have questions about the new system or would like to find out more about becoming a poll worker, please call us at 865-215-2480.


Greg Mackay

Administrator of Elections

Knox County Election Commission

Veteran praises Farragut citizen

Hello to the town of Farragut,

When I was in the Navy I served aboard the USS Farragut.

I was invited [to] the commissioning of the new USS Farragut in Florida. While there I met Clyde Floyd a resident of Farragut Tenn.

We had a nice long talk as he was telling me about the museum there with some of Admiral Farragut’s things. I took great interest in all of this and then I told him my name, Allan Heatherly, then he told me that the baseball field at Farragut High School was named after a John Heatherly.

I thought this was neat that a Heatherly served on the USS Farragut and a part of Farragut Tenn., where the great Admiral was born.

Thanks to Clyde Floyd a very great person in the preserving the history of Admiral Farragut and I could not think of a better place for the anchor to go than the High School there in Farragut Tenn.

I will have to visit there someday as I live in Portsmouth R.I.

Farragut, Tenn., will always be a piece of my heart

Allan Heatherly

Rhode Island


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