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Election commission cleaning up ballot messes

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Early voting wrapped up yesterday with more than 230,000 people casting their ballot, but many voters are still concerned about problems they faced including receiving wrong ballots.

Donald Mitchell voted for Millington's sales tax increase in August. He received his ballot for November's election and voted for the county-wide sales tax increase: an item that should not have been on ballots for residents in Millington.

Mitchell did not realize this until a few days later when he read the local newspaper.

"To be told this, that my vote doesn't count because I voted on a ballot that it was there, and now it doesn't count because of some judge or some lawyer?" says Mitchell.

Millington's mayor says another resident in Lucy received the wrong ballot and was able to vote for Millington issues. The Shelby County Election Commission says it was a small mapping error.

"There are about 21 voters on that block range. Don't know how many of them have presented to vote, but we've fixed that," says Election Commission Chairman Robert Meyers, "That's one block range out of literally tens of thousands of block ranges in the county."

Voters at Greater Middle Baptist Church say a power outage caused poll workers to manually put in their votes, but Meyers says that was all hearsay. Meyers says voting machines were running fine off battery back-up during the short outage, and that it was ballot applications that were manually done.

"The ballot application is that document that the voting officials ask you to review with your name and address, birthday are correct on and then you sign," says Meyers.

As for getting the wrong ballot, Mitchell says it isn't about that: It's about his vote.

"If they're going to take the tax part off the ballot, maybe they'll take the rest of the ballot off. I question that election," says Mitchell.

To make sure you vote on Election Day at the correct precinct, visit the Shelby County Election Commission's website.

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