Election Commission official not aware of CD in stolen laptop

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 11:43am

Administrator of Election Ray Barrett said he was unaware that a compact disc had been left in one of the stolen laptops taken from the Davidson County Election Commission for more than a year.

Police said last night they were surprised to find the CD that had been created in November 2006 that contained sensitive voter information, however, there was no indication the disc had been copied or even removed from the computer.

“I was not aware of it until [the police found it],” Barrett said. “They told me that was the [laptop] that wasn’t working.”

Barrett and other officials had been subpoenaed to appear in court this morning for Robert Osbourne’s preliminary hearing.

Osbourne, charged with burglary, has admitted to breaking into the Election Commission and stealing the laptops, according to police.

His hearing has been rescheduled for next Tuesday.

“We’re doing everything we can in our office to ensure nothing like this happens again,” Barrett said.

Police recovered the stolen laptops last week from a home in Goodlettsville and found the hard drive from at least one of the laptops at a business known as The Muse, formerly Kung Fu Coffee House, 834 Fourth Ave. S.

Police Chief Ronal Serpas would not comment on whether Osbourne was being investigated for any other crimes in the area or any information Osbourne had provided police.

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By: bfra on 12/31/69 at 7:00

They aren't doing everything to ensure nothing like this happens again! The same people that left the computers out of a locked, secured area evidently are still there.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Another example of the bumbling election commissioner and his staff, and yet, they get to keep their jobs. I guess the public sector is very important, as these idiots would never make it in the private sector.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Barrett needs to be gone.

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Lou, the private sector is just as full of screw-ups as is the public sector.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Yes, we are blessed with stupid people everywhere! At least in the private sector there is a hope that they will be removed for their incompetence. We know that in the public sector, from the top of the line (no names here) all the way down to the newest janitor, they damn near can be fired for anything! It is way too frustrating to have to deal with this long.

By: Vandy1975 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Doesn't such carelessness rise to the level of a serious crime? Why is no one being punished?

By: HokeyPokey on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Why are you asking us?