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Williamson County elections administrator to keep job

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Several incidents that occurred during the November election in Williamson County led to some residents calling for the removal of the elections administrator there.

It was decided this afternoon in a 3-2 vote that the Williamson County elections administrator would keep his job despite a request made by the chair of the county Republican Party to have him kicked out of office.

Applause and some cheers after a vote by the Williamson County elections commission not to recommend that the elections administrator be removed from office.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to come up here and speak and be in front of everybody," said Rick Barron

At Wednesday's public hearing, Rick Barron addressed the commission in an effort to defend himself.

The request to remove Barron from office stemmed from several incidents in November including one at Stony Point High School in which ordered the removal of an elections judge.

"It was just an absolutely horrid decision on his part," John Gordon, Williamson County resident said.

John Gordon, who says he's been an elections judge in Williamson County for about 30 years, was told to leave his precinct after he allegedly yelled and intimidated an elections worker.

"He, low and behold, shows up with three deputies and says, you're out of here, which is against state law, he has no authority to do that," Gordon said.

But Barron claims otherwise.

"Williamson County pays Mr. Gordon, therefore he's under my supervision as head of elections," said Barron.

It was the chair of the Williamson County Republican Party who requested Barron's removal. The issue caused a heated argument during the hearing, forcing the judge to intervene.

"Shouting, you need to know that! I'm going to ask you to leave the room if you stand up one more time," said

In the end, the commission voted 3-2 that Barron would keep his job.

"The staff has improved, the training has improved, for the most part I think we could say the elections workers themselves are relieved by that," said Karen Carter, Williamson County Democratic Party Chair.

There was also another incident that happened during the election in Jerrel in which 15 voters were not given the correct ballot style.

 

A candidate for the school board there lost by just three votes, so now that candidate is suing Williamson County. That trial is set for next month.

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