Henderson County Tax Assessor Collector Milburn Chaney got the chance to discuss with county commissioners problems with the centralized voting-records system used in 224 Texas counties.

Chaney was on the court’s regular meeting agenda today. The court met at 9 a.m. at the courthouse this morning.

According to Chaney, who cites the Texas Secretary of State, The Texas Election Administration Management System was designed to meet the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The Web-based system is used for many election related services such as ballot certification and validation of voter information.

Chaney, who oversees voter registration in Henderson County, said in gearing up for the May 12 constitutional amendment election, many counties have detected failures in the system.

“When we got into the system we went for a meeting and training in Austin for TEAM. It sounded like the greatest thing ever,” Chaney said in an earlier interview.

When things started to go wrong Chaney contacted officials in charge of TEAM, but without satisfaction.

“At first they tried to blame it on us. Then I started reading e-mails from other counties and I knew it wasn’t us. I had (the department) go over it and check it out and the problems definitely were not on our end,” Chaney said. “I don’t see how we can enforce a system that doesn’t work.”

The system has eliminated some names of registered voters from the list and has slowed the election process at the ballot boxes.

Chaney said if the problems are not resolved, the 2008 primaries and general election, which include the selection of a president, could be a nightmare.

See Wedensday’s issue of the Athens Daily Review for the full story.

Henderson County Commissioners Court meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the county courtroom on the first floor of the Henderson County Courthouse, on the square in downtown Athens.

Meetings are open to the public.

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