Wilson County Election Commissioners were recently sworn in by Judge John Gwin at the commission's April meeting. All five commissioners - Sherrie Orange, Jan Spray, Ronnie Kelley, Don Simpson and Ann Calabria - are veterans of the commission.
The commission organized after being sworn in and elected Orange as chairman and Kelley as secretary.
Each of Tennessee's 95 counties has a five-member election commission appointed by members of the Tennessee State Election Commission for two-year terms. There are seven state election commissioners representing the three grand divisions of Tennessee. The Tennessee State Election Commission is the only state commission elected by the Tennessee General Assembly.
"We are fortunate to have five election commissioners, representing both the Republican and Democratic parties, that are dedicated to providing Wilson County voters with fair elections and the best voting experience possible," Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said. "Their leadership supports election administration that is accurate and efficient for the voters, poll officials and taxpayers."
Election registration and administration are governed by state and federal law. To stay abreast of current laws, commissioners have opportunities throughout the year to participate in educational events sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Election officials. They also attend an annual law seminar conducted by the Tennessee Coordinator of Elections. In these seminars, election laws and their implementation are discussed, and new laws passed by the most recent General Assembly are presented.