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Election Commission Talks Flawed Election

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The Shelby County Election Commission held a special called meeting to discuss the changes to be made for the November election. They addressed issues from August's election, but not in great detail.

"Until you've certified an election you can't really begin to audit it and do a postmortem and do investigations and do analysis of the information," said Election Commission Chairman Richard Holden.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald says his residents saw problems during the recent election, and he wants them addressed, "Early on, at least the first day in Bartlett was a situation where someone who was supposed to know and help them actually gave them bad information, saying if it doesn't show on your ballot you just don't get to vote."

Other issues during the August election include the 3,000 bad ballots given to people in the wrong districts. Recount suits have also been filed by School Board Member Kenneth Whalum who ran for Shelby County School Board District 4 and the City of Millington where its sales tax supporting municipal schools failed.

While these issues were not discussed in great detail, the Commission did say that they will better educate poll workers about exact district lines in time for November's election.

"Those election officials have our support and our assistance and it's important that the voter walk away from the voting process with a great deal of confidence," added Holden.

But Holden says the voters need to do their part to avoid getting wrong ballots, "What we want to do is make sure the voters understand if you get to the point where you're concerned about your ballot, you stop the process."

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