Elections

Some 3,000 Memphis area voters’ ballots in the Aug. 2 primary were not counted because of “poor judgement and mistakes” by the Shelby County Election Commission, the state Comptroller’s office concluded in a report released today. The review found that those Memphis voters were given the wrong ballots because election officials were slow to redraw […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; October 1, 2012:  NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced a reminder that it will open eight of its driver service centers on the first Saturday of October and November to give citizens additional opportunities to obtain photo identification […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Republican Party; Oct. 1, 2012:  NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney demanded an apology from House Democrat Caucus Chairman Mike Turner for echoing an identical claim he made two years ago, saying racism is the reason for Tennessee voters’ opposition to President Obama. Turner’s comments came at […]

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Press release from State Senator Jim Kyle, D-Memphis; September 28, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Voter participation in Tennessee is critically low, and the barriers to voting are too high, Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle said Friday. “What’s the difference between a farmer in Iowa and a farmer in Tennessee? A farmer in Iowa can vote for […]

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Statement from State Senator Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro; September 28, 2012:  (NASHVILLE, TN) — “Yesterday, we had affirmation in state court, in addition to federal court affirmation in July, that Tennessee has the right to guard against voter fraud and ‘to secure the freedom of elections and the purity of the ballot box’ as our Constitution […]

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Statement from Senate State & Local Gov’t Committee Chairman Ken Yager; September 25, 2012:  (NASHVILLE, TN), September 25, 2012 — “There are two state agencies, the Division of Elections and the State Election Commission, which are charged with the responsibility of reviewing this matter and making any recommendation for changes. These are the most appropriate […]

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The state’s Special Supreme Court may eventually get around to hearing a case challenging the state’s method of selecting judges. But the panel itself has to get sorted out first.

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Press release from the Tennessee State Senate Democrat Caucus; September 25, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Democratic legislative leaders have renewed calls for a hearing on voting irregularities before early voting begins for the November elections. That election was fraught with issues. While Davidson County has decided not to use the electronic poll books again, other issues […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; September 19, 2012:  State Senate Candidate Stevens Admits Own Wrongdoing In Signed Affidavit and Here it Is. John Stevens, the Republican state Senate candidate in District 24, admitted — in a signed official affidavit — to preying on an elderly, dying woman. This is Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; September 20, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican state Rep. Jim Gotto has pushed funding cuts for state colleges, the HOPE Scholarship, and pre-K education, but he has no problem forking out millions of taxpayer dollars to an out-of-state, for-profit corporation that fails do what it promises: educate kids. […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam may be firmly in Mitt Romney’s corner, but he said he disagrees with the GOP presidential candidate’s comment about how 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government and therefore, would probably not vote for him. “I think he made a statement about, ‘Hey, it might be hard to win some folks’ […]

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Op-ed from John Jay Hooker, Advocate for Election & Campaign Finance Reform; September 14, 2012:  Supreme Court Judges, the Big Lie, and the Cover-up In 1973 in the case of Higgins v. (Governor) Dunn, the Supreme Court of Tennessee unlawfully held that the Retention Election statute is constitutional. The constitutionality of the Act was not […]

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