Voting

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 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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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; August 28, 2012:  NASHVILLE – ­Senate Democrats are calling on Secretary of State Tre Hargett to launch a full inquiry into voting irregularities across the state. “There are a lot of questions about the integrity of the August primaries, and voters deserve answers,” said Senate Democratic Leader […]

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Press release from Tennessee Citizen Action; August 9, 2012:  VOTING PROBLEMS ON ELECTION DAY? The past few weeks saw a plethora of election problems and mistakes at the polls in Tennessee. As we venture further into election season, Citizen Action urges all to be proactive in their voter mobilization and education. Everyone should know that […]

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Newsletter from Tennessee Citizen Action; August 2, 2012:   If you need actual evidence of how the new “big money in politics” climate might affect things here in Tennessee then look no further than the Democratic primary between Rep. Jeanne Richardson and Rep. John Deberry in State House District 90 in Memphis. The Chattanooga Times […]

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Press release from Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis; July 6, 2012:  MEMPHIS – State Senator Jim Kyle echoed the sentiments of Mayor AC Wharton, who spoke yesterday on the city attorney’s opinion that new photo Memphis Public Library cards meet the legal criteria for acceptable photo identification for the purposes of voting. “We need to do […]

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Chip Forrester says the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act of 2008 — which was supposed to go into effect this year — could have prevented some of the vote-total miscounts during this month’s primary. Citing cost concerns, lawmakers last session — mostly Republicans, but some Democrats, too– voted to delay implementation of the act.

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Lawmakers left four bills hanging when they adjourned sine die last week.

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The measure breezed through the Senate Wednesday, a stark contrast to the gale-force debate that howled up in the House last week.

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Press Release from Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga; April 26, 2010: (April 26, 2010, NASHVILLE) – Representative Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) successfully shepherded legislation through the Tennessee General Assembly that will make it easier for troops stationed overseas to vote. Last week, the law was assigned a Public Chapter number after being signed by the Governor. The […]

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