Booher: ‘Misinformation and flat out lies’ in regards to the 2020 elections |

KINGSPORT — Sullivan County Elections Administrator Jason Booher mentioned Monday there was numerous “misinformation and numerous simply flat out lies” in regards to the 2020 elections, primarily pushed social media.

“If you happen to appeared throughout the nation the place there was hassle with elections, or what was perceived to be hassle with elections, it was probably not the gear, it comes right down to the individuals,” Booher informed a Republicans of Kingsport luncheon.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sullivan County Election Workplace decided final yr to ban direct interplay with the general public.

“Please think about e mail and phone as the first strategies of contacting the election workplace,” the workplace’s web site mentioned.

“It’s my hope we’ll get again to public contact,” Booher, a former Sullivan County Republican Get together chair, mentioned. “(2020) was an unbelievable problem. When the pandemic hit, I although how on the planet am I going to do that?”

Voters made the distinction.

In 2016, there have been 63,449 basic election voters whereas in 2020, there have been 74,946 basic election voters, Booher famous.

“All people predicted we’d see a dismal turnout,” Booher mentioned. The -mail vote noticed greater than a 3,500-vote enhance over 2016.

As a former collegiate soccer referee, Booher mentioned one of many methods his crew knew they’d officiated a very good recreation was after they left the sector with out anyone saying something.

“I took that very same commonplace to me once I turned administrator of elections. After we’re not talked about, I really feel we’ve finished a very good job,” Booher mentioned. “We wish correct, truthful and trustworthy elections that exceed expectations. One of many issues we have now to do is disagree with out being unpleasant.

“In elections, the gear does matter however the individuals matter extra.”

Of the 240 election officers within the county, Booher mentioned 60 % are over the age of 60 and 25 % are over 70.

Booher additionally gave a shoutout to Kingsport’s response to the pandemic.

“Bristol and Bluff Metropolis selected to maneuver their election dates. Kingsport stays the one metropolis to carry its metropolis elections,” Booher concluded.

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