"[R]ecent issues are just the latest in a series of errors in the Shelby County Election Commission stretching back at least a decade. Nearly every election cycle in the county in recent memory has been plagued by a myriad of errors and complaints of wrongdoing.”

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.

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.

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.”