The cluless-that-be elected to buy an OEM Office 2000 that does not include MS-Access in McKinney, so I can't help with this right now. I believe there are problems with the MDAC that ships with Office 2000, so try re-installing the latest.
The .mdb format changed with Office 2000 (Access Driver version 4). It sounds like it is trying to convert a 3.x .mdb to 4.0 and failing on some permission. Try logging in as Administrator, and then go to Control Panel - ODBC. Create a new Access User DSN if there isn't one there already. Choose Configure then Repair on the election.mdb. If that doesn't work, play around with the Compact and Advanced options. If that doesn't work roll back to Access 97 until I get a copy of 2000. Make sure you do all this after re-installing MDAC. Let us know how you make out either way.
Don't try this at home folks.