By Elaine Davis
The Knox County Election Commission met Monday to certify the results from the March 3rd Election. What wasn’t on the agenda was the announcement from Cliff Rodgers of his retirement on May 30, 2020.
Mr. Rodgers was appointed in 2011 and has overseen twenty-four elections. He administered one of the most difficult elections in conducting a city election concurrently with a state senate special election and coordinating the training and supervision of over 400 employees on Election Day.
The commission accepted his resignation and will appoint his replacement to serve the remainder of his term at their next meeting in April.
Administrator Rodgers was honored for the time that he has served but is ready to spend more time with his family. He was very complimentary and confident in the abilities of all of the employees at the election commission as well as Deputy Administrator Chris Davis.
In late May, poll workers will be trained on the new paper voting machines. Then, various public demonstrations will be scheduled for voters to familiarize themselves with the new machines. In speaking with Deputy Chris Davis, he stated that they will prepare for an uptick in Absentee Ballots due to the Coronavirus and expect that more of the 60+ aged voters will opt to vote by mail.
If you have questions about how to register to vote or request an absentee ballot, please visit their website,  or contact them at:
Old Court House
300 Main Street
Suite 218 Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-2480
Fax: 865-215-4239
TDD: 865-215-2954

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