It’s up to election administrators to get this right for the people of Tennessee
October 22, 2018 (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) – Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini and Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Corey Strong held a press conference this morning regarding the status and current condition of voting in Shelby County and across Tennessee witnessed during early voting and ahead of the November 6 midterm election.
“Voters have done their job: registering to vote and showing up to exercise their right to vote,” Mancini said. “Now Election Commissions need to do their job. When you combine all of the issues voters are witnessing so far, what troubles us is that it seems to be favoring one party, and suppressing voters of color and voters that want to vote for Democratic candidates. Our message to voters is: we have your back. Make a plan to vote and then stick to it and show up. They can’t suppress us all. If you do have a problem, call the Voter Protection hotline at 855-844-VOTE (8683).”
“Regardless of whether or not the mistakes were intentional, the responsibility is on the Election Commission to fix these things,” Strong said. “There’s still time to fix these problems, and I hope we get answers to our questions about staffing, resources, and what voters see on the actual voting machines. To the voters: If your vote wasn’t important, they wouldn’t be trying to take it away from you.”
Voters across the state have witnessed problems while exercising their right to vote during the first four days of Early Voting:
- Purging of voter rolls
- Issues processing voter registration applications
- Machine/calibration issues
- Electronic poll book/resource allocation issues
- Delayed reporting of early voting numbers
More details available via the press conference video. The press conference can be viewed in its entirety here.
Voters who experience issues at the polls can call the TNDP Voter Protection Hotline at 855-844-VOTE (8683).
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