As the News-Sentinel reported today, Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles brought a resolution that would ask the Knox County Election Commission to reconsider the closure of Belle Morris Elementary as a voting location. As expected, that resolution failed.
Broyles said she understood why some commissioners might choose not to vote on her resolution, but simply stated she was bringing it forward because "These are people I represent who are very concerned."
Commissioner Mike Brown had an equally simple response to Broyles: "The fact is...we can't tell them what to do."
Commissioner Samuel McKenzie said he understood a lot of polling places could be combined, and didn't attribute Belle Morris' closing to politics. He did say he wished the Election Commission would confer with the county commission when things like closures come up to help reach out to community members the decisions will affect.
Though Commissioner Tony Norman did not support the resolution, he did say he felt "sure that they'll reconsider automatically [the closure of Belle Morris] in the future." The Election Commission voted twice to close Belle Morris, but has promised to discuss the issue early next year.
Broyles, McKenzie, and Commissioner Larry Smith voted for the resolution, which failed 3-4.