‘Rigged’ or ‘hacked’ words draw questions for Tenn. election officials

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Words right from the top of the presidential tickets like “rigged” or “hacked election” have meant some phone calls to local and state officials across the country–and Tennessee is no exception.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office oversees elections in Tennessee, told reporters Monday afternoon that “to our knowledge the Department of Elections and the state’s 95 counties have not been the target of one of these types of attacks.”

Hargett went on to say “obviously, we can’t share all we do to protect,” but he did remind reporters that all of the state’s voting machines are not connected to the Internet and there is a paper trail for each vote cast.

State elections coordinator Mark Goins, who joined Hargett at the news conference, says most of the questions they have gotten are not about “hacked” or rigged elections, but about people wanting to know where to vote or how to register.

The Secretary of State, who was elected by the Republican supermajority in the Tennessee General Assembly, held up a sign with a number to call if voters see any fraud, but he carefully chose his words about someone saying an election is “rigged” or “hacked.”

“What I will say, is anything that causes people to have less confidence to go vote, I frown upon regardless what party that comes from,” said Secretary Hargett.

Elections coordinator Goins said it is the people who determine elections because there are 15,000 poll workers from across the state who must live in the county where they work.

“They will be working there to make sure they are impartial, fair and make sure the votes are as cast will be counted,” said Goins.

If you suspect voter fraud, call 877-850-4959.