Friday, August 3, 2012

Quick Rundown of Strange Voting Issues

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 5:01 AM

To recap: Former Metro Judge Barbara Haynes had to cast a provisional ballot because the ID her polling place accepted last time wouldn't accept it this time. On Pith last night, Steven Hale reported:

Apparently, [outgoing state Sen. Joe Haynes] found his machine was set for the wrong party's primary while Mrs. Haynes did not have a state or federally issued photo ID and was forced to vote provisionally.

The Tennessean also has this story full of accusations of people being given paper ballots, poll watcher shenanigans, and ballot application confusion.

Over at The City Paper, they've got a story about a husband and wife who live in the same house and were given two different ballots.

WTVC out of Chattanooga is reporting that a closed polling place sent voters to the wrong open polling place.

On Twitter, Mary Mancini reported that, when her driver's license was scanned, she was told "voter could not be found." Some of us did not know that licenses were going to be used in this way, rather than just as a way to make sure that the person voting matched the picture. In a bit of poetic (in)justice, Mancini is the executive director of the Tennessee Citizen Action group, which has been working to educate people on the voter ID law.

And the Commercial Appeal is saying that at least one person was still given a wrong ballot there, even after the promise that the problem had been resolved.

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