Gary Humble of Tennessee Stands Talks Upcoming Freedom Tour and the Need for Paper Ballot Trails


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Gary Humble of Tennessee Stands to the newsmaker line to his discuss the upcoming Freedom Matters Tour, election integrity, and the need for paper ballots.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker lined by Gary Humble, the founder of Tennessee Stands. Good morning, Gary.

Humble: Hey! Good morning to you. Good morning, Andy.

Ogles: Good morning.

Leahy: Well, my first question, Gary, you saw our friend Andy Ogles, made some waves yesterday. He said he sent an email out to all the Murray County employees. I guess there are 500 employees there so they would be covered if this OSHA mandate requires anybody who employs more than 100 to mandate vaccines, the Supreme Court is about to issue a decision on that.

I think they’re going to basically call that mandate unconstitutional. But if they allow it, Andy said we’re not enforcing it in Maury County. And if you come down here and try to force me to do it, I’m willing to go to jail. Big question for you, Gary. Will you contribute to The Tennessee Star let’s bail Andy out of jail fund?

Humble: (Chuckles) You can count on it, man. We’ll build the website, whatever you need. We’re all in.

Leahy: (Laughs) Tell us about what’s going on with Tennessee Stands. You’ve got a Freedom Matters event. Tell us the details of that. Yeah.

Humble: So we’re kicking off the Freedom Matters tour again on the 18th. That’s going to be just outside of the Chattanooga area at How Farms. And we’ve got me, Kevin Kookogey, who is the chairman of our board, and then we are excited to have back Dr. Allen Keys, who has become a really great friend.

We know he cares about our country, and so it’s going to be exciting to hear him speak. And then we have another important event on January 27th here at Generations Church in Franklin, Tennessee. We’re doing an Election Integrity symposium to talk about some issues we’d love to see addressed in Tennessee. And we’ve got Garland Favorito out of Georgia and Mark Finchem from Arizona coming and joining us for that as well. So a couple of great events this month.

Leahy: So both of those are very interesting to me. We will definitely cover the event in Franklin on Election Integrity. We’ve reported at The Georgia Star News our site in Georgia about Garland Favorito’s work extensively. If people want to go to these things, how do they find out about it? Where do they go on the Web and where do they sign up?

Humble: You can go to and sign up for the Election Integrity symposium. And then you can go to and sign up for our Freedom Matters Tour in Chattanooga, and we’ll be adding more dates.

Leahy: Okay. Where is Generation Church?

Humble: Downtown Franklin.

Leahy: Just right downtown Franklin. Is that Main Street or what?

Humble: Church street.

Leahy: Church street. Okay, good. And it is going to be on a Thursday, January 27.

Humble: That’s right.

Leahy: Is it all day or is it in the evening?

Humble: It will be live streamed. You can check our Facebook page, YouTube channel, all the things it will be streaming there.

Leahy: But now, Gary, everybody says, okay, I’m playing a little bit of Devil’s advocate here, Gary. (Humble chuckles) There’s all this ballot harvesting going on in Georgia, all this cheating in Georgia, all the Arizona cheating, Michigan, Pennsylvania.

And I guess you’ve got Garland Favorito, who is a voter activist from Georgia, coming up, and you’ve got state Representative Mark Finchem from Arizona who was there and witnessed what went on in the Arizona election, where Biden won the state by less than 11,000 votes, supposedly. But isn’t Tennessee, don’t we just have perfect elections here in Tennessee? Andy’s smiling.

Humble: That’s what they tell us, right. The thing is, let me say, first of all, and I’m not against it, by the way. But what I’m not personally advocating for is that we just can’t have a state unless we go back to 2020 and count all the Tennessee votes. And I understand the reason why people want to do that. I’m not against it. I get it.

Leahy: So let me just stop for a minute. There are these forensic audits of 2020 that have been proposed. The most well-known, of course, which was completed in Arizona, of the largest county there in Maricopa County. If you look at the results there, there are numerous irregularities that have been referred to the attorney general.

The total number of votes there are greater where there are irregularities that require investigation by the attorney general are greater than the margin by which Biden was certified the winner in that state. So that’s one thing. But you’re not advocating for that in Tennessee?

Humble: No. What I’m saying is, look, we’ve done our research and we know regardless of whether or not we do an audit, we have some significant holes in the way in which we proceed with our elections.

For example, one thing that many people may not know, a lot of our counties are electronic. Almost all of them are electronic, but no matter which machine you use, oftentimes, at the very least, each of those electronic machines produces some sort of paper trail, whether it’s a printed ballot, whether it’s some sort of a ticker-tape receipt that exists inside the machine.

There’s typically some sort of paper you can go back to and at least try to do some sort of audit. In Tennessee, out of 95 counties, 70 of those counties have no paper.

Leahy: No paper whatsoever.

Humble: There’s no paper. The electronic machine produces no paper.

Leahy: Let me bring Andy Ogles into this. There’s a story at The Tennessee Star by our own Peter D’Abrosca, a bill proposed by State Representative Bruce Griffey that would mandate, ‘the use of paper ballots instead of voting machines instead of and would require such ballots to have a non-visible non-producible security features, such as a water market fluorescence or digital hologram change from election to election to prevent fraudulent duplication.’

Now, Andy, my question to you is you’ve looked at this. Is this the kind of thing we need to be looking at here as the Tennessee General Assembly convenes?

Ogles: I think election integrity is the foundation of our Republic. And regardless of whether you’re on the side of going solely to paper ballots or some sort of paper trail, I think that is the key. There’s got to be a paper trail that you can go back to and can be audited.

And that’s one of the things we’re looking at in Maury County. We’re changing out going into not this election, but the next election requiring some sort of paper trail that if we had to go back and audit, you would have a separate set of pieces of paper that you could then match up to the machine.

Leahy: Do you have a recommendation for legislation in this session of the Tennessee General Assembly?

Humble: Yes. So one of the key things that we want to support, and we support Bruce Griffey’s bill, by the way. We also support that there’s a possible effort to create a fund that would fund the switch to paper ballots to counties who wanted to elect to go to paper where the state would cover the cost. Because, as you know, we’re operating in a pretty significant surplus right now. I don’t know if you’ve heard that.

Leahy: Oh yeah.

Humble: I think that money would be well spent on securing our elections. And I think many of your listeners would probably agree. But one of the things that we’d like to see happen is voter rolls are an issue.

And, you know, while there are per state law guidelines set forth by which counties should clean their voter rolls. There’s not a strict process. There is not a requirement necessarily set forth by the state where the county reports back to the state.

Leahy: So you’d like to see that in legislation. Gary Humboldt with Tennessee Stands, thank so much for joining us today. Come back again if you would please.

Humble: You bet. Thanks so much.

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