Reports from all over town on Tuesday suggest that this election was run as if we had never had an election before in the history of the city. Long lines, confusion over forms, too few machines, all suggest that no one bothered to say, "How have we done this in the past?" and instead just winged it.
WSMV is reporting that "volunteers in Nashville said the problems were too few voting machines, too few workers, no change of address forms, no provisional ballots and people being sent away without being told they could vote provisionally."
The Tennessee Citizen Action group monitored the election all day and its Twitter stream is full of similar situations:
Looby Center has one one machine operator. The officer of elections at that precinct cannot get through to the election commission for help.
... and ...
Reports of student voters being turned away at Hadley Park (where TSU students vote).
... and so on.
Even local celebrities were not spared nonsense. WKRN's John Dwyer reported on Facebook that he showed up to vote only to learn he was dead:
John Dwyer Hammes is dead.
Same birthdate as mine.
Lived in Davidson County.
That's the story from the Nashville polling worker when she checked my ID.
I said, "Are you telling me some guy with the EXACT same name (not common, agree?) and EXACT same birthdate lived in Nashville and recently died so that is why he has a 'D' (for deceased) next to his name?"
"Yep." she replied.
In short, I ain't buying it.
Sounds like, through my various moves in Nashville over the years, they had me in twice and someone didn't know how to delete from the system so they just killed me. Ouch.
We can only hope that our Republican overlords get better at doing the basic things required to have a functioning republic — you know, like holding votes — since we're going to be stuck with them for a while. Meanwhile, let's all remember to vote early next time.