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Majority rule may have local impact

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Lynn Harris, a certified election administrator who has served as the election administrator for Wilson County for more than 30 years, is one whose fate for the future may be in jeopardy.

The post Harris holds is elected by the Wilson County Election Commission. The members of the county election commission are appointed by the State Election Commission and the State Election Commission is appointed by the state legislature.

Members of the Wilson County Election Commission include Democrats Ronnie Kelley, Bobby Haley and Holly C. Yelton, and Republicans Ron Turnmyre and Dolores Mackey.

Because of the change in political power in state politics, Democrats in 2009 will no longer hold the controlling majority in membership on county election commissions or the State Election Commission.

The new makeup of the Wilson County Election Commission in 2009 will feature three Republican members and two Democrats. In the past, Democrats have held the majority position on the commission.

Members of the county election commission are nominated by State Reps. Susan Lynn and Stratton Bone and State Sen. Mae Beavers. Beavers and Lynn, both Republicans, will provide three names for the commission and Bone, a Democrat, two. The State Election Commission, according to the state website, is to make the official appointment of county commission members at its Jan. 20, meeting.

The controlling factor as to whom holds the majority on the State Election Commission and therefore on all 95 county commissions is determined by the political party that holds the most seats combined in both houses of the General Assembly.

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