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'''NASHVILLE, Tennessee:''' On July 27, 2012 election officials called for closer scrutiny of a contest in the state's largest county after reports that more than 5 percent of voters have gotten the wrong ballot during early voting.<ref name="ballot">[http://www.bradenton.com/2012/07/27/4131523/some-voters-get-wrong-early-ballot.html ''Bradenton Herald.com'' "Some voters get wrong early ballot in Tenn. county" Accessed July 30, 2012]</ref> [http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/ Tennessee Election Coordinator] Mark Goins said he has asked the [[Tennessee_Comptroller_of_the_Treasury| state comptroller's office]] to do a performance audit of the vote in Shelby County after describing the situation as "a mess."<ref name="ballot"/><ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/tennessee-county-scrambles-after-reports-of-early-voters-getting-the-wrong-ballot/2012/07/27/gJQAgi2bEX_story.html ''Washington Post'', "Tennessee county scrambles after reports early voters got wrong ballot; state orders audit" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
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'''NASHVILLE, Tennessee:''' On July 27, 2012 election officials called for closer scrutiny of a contest in the state's largest county after reports that more than 5 percent of voters have gotten the wrong ballot during early voting.<ref name="ballot">[http://www.bradenton.com/2012/07/27/4131523/some-voters-get-wrong-early-ballot.html ''Bradenton Herald.com'', "Some voters get wrong early ballot in Tenn. county" Accessed July 30, 2012]</ref> [http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/ Tennessee Election Coordinator] Mark Goins said he has asked the [[Tennessee_Comptroller_of_the_Treasury| state comptroller's office]] to do a performance audit of the vote in Shelby County after describing the situation as "a mess."<ref name="ballot"/><ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/tennessee-county-scrambles-after-reports-of-early-voters-getting-the-wrong-ballot/2012/07/27/gJQAgi2bEX_story.html ''Washington Post'', "Tennessee county scrambles after reports early voters got wrong ballot; state orders audit" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
  
 
The state stepped in on the next to last day of early voting after voting database expert Joe Weinberg estimated more than 2,300 voters, or roughly 5 percent of voters in Shelby county, cast votes on the wrong ballot.<ref name="ballot"/> Officials are saying that the mistakes are largely the result of redistricting and affect state legislative races.<ref name="ballot"/> Voters who already cast incorrect early ballots will not be allowed to vote again, and officials are urging voters who think their ballot is wrong to tell a poll worker before casting their ballots.<ref name="ballot"/>
 
The state stepped in on the next to last day of early voting after voting database expert Joe Weinberg estimated more than 2,300 voters, or roughly 5 percent of voters in Shelby county, cast votes on the wrong ballot.<ref name="ballot"/> Officials are saying that the mistakes are largely the result of redistricting and affect state legislative races.<ref name="ballot"/> Voters who already cast incorrect early ballots will not be allowed to vote again, and officials are urging voters who think their ballot is wrong to tell a poll worker before casting their ballots.<ref name="ballot"/>
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*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/tennessee-county-scrambles-after-reports-of-early-voters-getting-the-wrong-ballot/2012/07/27/gJQAgi2bEX_story.html '''News:''' ''Washington Post,'' "Tennessee county scrambles after reports early voters got wrong ballot; state orders audit"]
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*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/tennessee-county-scrambles-after-reports-of-early-voters-getting-the-wrong-ballot/2012/07/27/gJQAgi2bEX_story.html '''News:''' ''Washington Post'', "Tennessee county scrambles after reports early voters got wrong ballot; state orders audit"]
 
*[http://www.bradenton.com/2012/07/27/4131523/some-voters-get-wrong-early-ballot.html '''News:''' ''Bradenton Herald,'' "Some voters get wrong early ballot in Tenn. county"]
 
*[http://www.bradenton.com/2012/07/27/4131523/some-voters-get-wrong-early-ballot.html '''News:''' ''Bradenton Herald,'' "Some voters get wrong early ballot in Tenn. county"]
  

Revision as of 07:53, 2 May 2014

July 30, 2012

Tennessee

By Jennifer Springer

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: On July 27, 2012 election officials called for closer scrutiny of a contest in the state's largest county after reports that more than 5 percent of voters have gotten the wrong ballot during early voting.[1] Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goins said he has asked the state comptroller's office to do a performance audit of the vote in Shelby County after describing the situation as "a mess."[1][2]

The state stepped in on the next to last day of early voting after voting database expert Joe Weinberg estimated more than 2,300 voters, or roughly 5 percent of voters in Shelby county, cast votes on the wrong ballot.[1] Officials are saying that the mistakes are largely the result of redistricting and affect state legislative races.[1] Voters who already cast incorrect early ballots will not be allowed to vote again, and officials are urging voters who think their ballot is wrong to tell a poll worker before casting their ballots.[1]

In a letter from Goins and Secretary of State Tre Hargett to the comptroller requesting the audit, it was noted that the election problems in Shelby County have stretched back about a decade.[1] In 2010, an election official loaded the wrong information into an electronic toll book, indicating that thousands of voters had cast ballots when they hadn't.[1] Candidates in 2006 sued the county election commission, alleging that irregularities affected the outcome of a county general election and in a 2005 special election to fill a vacant seat, the election was voided because ballots were cast by ineligible felons and dead people.[1]

Richard Holden, Shelby county's Administrator of Elections, told the Associated Press on July 27 that the commission was working to make sure that no more mistakes were made.[1]

Goins has stated that he wishes to get the matter corrected by August 2 primary and expects to have an "error free" general election in November.[1]

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