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Chad Gray, Williamson County Administrator of Elections, is one of six elections administrators who passed the state certification exam.
Chad Gray, Williamson County Administrator of Elections, was one of six elections administrators who passed the state certification exam, according to an announcement from Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
The accomplishment has a financial incentive, which means an administrator cannot be paid less than the certified pay rate for their respective county.
Participants must first complete a training process that covers 40 different topics related to election law.
The exam, which is administered by Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins, is a rigorous closed book, written assessment that can last up to three and a half hours. Questions, which are based on statutory requirements, range from voter registration to Election Day guidelines.
The Division of Elections graded the exams, which was certified by the State Election Commission on Monday, Oct. 12. The officials took the tests on Sept. 25.
“I’m very proud of these six hardworking election officials. We want all 95 counties to have certified election administrators, which gives Tennesseans confidence those running elections across the state are doing it fairly and in accordance with state law,” Secretary Hargett said in a press release announcing the certification.
In addition to Gray, five others were certified:
- Susan Hughes, Blount County Administrator of Elections
- Matt Teply, Cannon County Administrator of Elections
- Peg Hamlett, Carroll County Administrator of Elections
- Jill Davis, Cumberland County Administrator of Elections
- Julieanne Hart, Gibson County Administrator of Elections.