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.

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.

The panel discusses the potential referendum for individual municipalities creating their own school districts.