Mid-South News
6:43 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Results In Of An Audit Into The Shelby County Election Commission

The state comptroller examined the Shelby County Election Commission after thousands of Shelby County voters received the wrong ballot during the August 2 election. The resulting eight-page report points to mistakes the election commission made updating its voter rolls after a once-in-a-decade redistricting.

Investigators found that the election commission did not meet early deadlines, at one critical point stopped working for four weeks, and did not have adequate back-up plans.

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Mid-South News
4:19 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

First Lawsuit Contesting Election Results Filed, One More Expected

Countywide school board member Kenneth Whalum is contesting the results of the August 2 election. Whalum lost his District 4 school board seat in that election to Kevin Woods by a narrow margin, only 108 votes. But Whalum says the results would have been different if the Shelby County Election Commission hadn’t made mistakes. He filed a lawsuit against the commission today.

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Mid-South News
1:22 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Election Commission Corrects Voter Rolls After 1,000 Got The Wrong Ballot

After a recent redistricting, approximately 1,000 voters in Shelby County got the wrong ballots.

Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Robert Meyers said he offered to help employees update their voter rolls after the most recent redistricting. They told him he couldn’t.

“It’s very technical,” Meyers said. “It’s not like you could train me for an hour.”

Meyers estimates five employees are qualified to do the important and sensitive job of altering the listing for voters who switched districts.

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Mid-South News
6:45 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Candidate Ross Says More Than 1000 Voters Got The Wrong Ballot

Democratic candidate for the Shelby County Commission Steve Ross says more than 1,000 voters have pulled the wrong ballot.

Last week blogger David Holt went to the polls to early vote. The wrong ballot appeared on his voting machine. He complained. And his complaint alerted the Shelby County Election Commission to a wider problem—some voters are not listed in the correct district.

Now, Democratic candidate for the Shelby County Commission Steve Ross says about 4 percent of voters have pulled the wrong ballot.

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Mid-South News
5:30 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Problems At The Polls In Shelby County

Some voters in Bartlett and Collierville showed up at the polls on Monday to vote in municipal schools referendums and received an unpleasant surprise: questions about forming a municipal school district did not appear on their electronic ballots.

The Shelby County Election Commission was able to straighten that problem out for angry voters.   

“But any time that you have a problem,” said Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries, “the question is always how many people had this problem, but maybe didn’t notice, or just walked away.”

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