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Davidson County Election Commission Shafted Us

I am officially calling for the resignation of Ray Barrett, Administrator of Elections for Davidson County. Here's why.

Some of you probably know this already, but I just found out through a letter I received in the mail tonight. This is definitely not the kind of thing you want to hear from your local government officials:


January 2, 2008

Dear Voter:

Pursuant to T.C.A. § 47-18-2107, the Davidson County Election Commission is notifying you that there was a breach of the security of the data in the Office of the Davidson County Election Commission and personal information about you is reasonably believed to have been acquired by an unauthorized person. The breach of the security resulted from a break-in of the Offices of the Davidson County Election Commission on December 24, 2007. The voter registration list of Davidson County was stolen. We believe that your name, address and full social security number was contained on this list. You should notify any agency of this loss of your personal information as you deem necessary.

The following consumer reporting agencies are being notified of this loss by the
Davidson County Election Commission:

* Equifax 800-685-1111 External Linkwww.equifax.com
* Experian 888-397-3742 External Linkwww.experian.com
* Transunion 800-888-4213 External Linkwww.transunion.com

Additionally, we are preparing a web site with additional information that may be helpful to you. You should check our web site, http://www.nashville.gov/vote/, for a link to this additional information.

We regret that this breach has occurred and we are reviewing all aspects of the security of personal information in the possession of this office.

Sincerely,
Ray Barrett
Administrator of Elections



The website has these two additional bits of information:

"Mr. Barrett has also asked Metro’s IT services to work with his office to make immediate changes to safeguard against any future security problems of this kind."

I, for one, wonder 'why bother?" I mean, Mr. Barrett has already managed to allow the theft of our personal information, why bother with future security issues? What else are they going to steal?

"The Election Commission does not anticipate that the theft will cause any problems in the upcoming Presidential Primary voting which begins on January 16."

Well, thank God for that. By the time we get to vote, the good people of New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina will have already picked our candidates for us. It is comforting to know I can cast my meaningless vote while some guy is loading up his truck with a plasma TV from Circuit on my credit.

In any case, here is the letter I just sent to the Mayor. If you want, you can e-mail him at mayor@nashville.gov

Dear Mr. Dean,

First, welcome to the Mayor's office! Well, now to business.

I just received the letter to all voters from Mr. Ray Barrrett, Administrator of Elections, concerning the recent theft of our personal information from the Davidson County's Election Commission.

It seems to me that Mr. Barrett is ultimately responsible for the safety of the data that was stolen. Given that he was not able to provide for this security, it is my opinion that he should be removed from office.

I am surprised that he has not had the courage and integrity to resign yet. If he has, and I am unaware of it, I encourage you to accept his resignation. If he has not, I urge you to replace him with a competent individual.

Please remember that it was the voters who have been violated, the same voters who elected you. I ask you to show us that you are a trustworthy leader.

Thank you,


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