Very interested in the election process - especially helping voters understand.
"As is not so well known, Thomas had been eyed by a number of Republicans as a potential replacement for an embattled Rich Holden as administrator of the Shelby County Election Commission, which in recent years has been the subject of virtually nonstop negative publicity concerning this or that glitch." - - -
Does this make any sense whatsoever? Republicans are eying Chris Thomas to replace someone who doesn't need to be replaced because Thomas needs a job? No wonder people are sick of politics. Even the uninformed know experience is needed for a job running elections!
Smaller areas obviously have a much easier job "handling elections". Shelby County has approx. 600,000 registered voters and just under 373,000 voted in Nov election in Shelby Co. The entire population of Desoto County is under 200,000! Quite a difference! I was disappointed to see the Flyer article peppered with such terms as "possible discrepancies", "likely total", "rumors of glitches", "suggested there may have been", etc. Wish you could wait for facts before planting seeds of doubt. BTW Shelby County traded that milk cow in 1998 and voters have been well pleased with the touch screen machines ever since.
I beg your pardon Left Wing, how can you think a fact was "debunked"? Precincts cannot cross County Commission lines and they cannot cross State Senate lines ie a precinct must be completely inside those lines not partly in one senate or commisison district and partly in another
Redistricting is a complicated process. Add the fact that precincts cannot cross County Comm. lines, neither can they cross state Senate lines. Knowing where those County Comm. lines are located is crucial to having, as nearly as possible, the correct numbr of voters per precinct and approximately an equal number of voters in each state Senate district.
"...decision to consolidate the number of precincts, eliminating 17 of them."...
You may be interested to know that the buildings of 6 former precincts are closed; 4 were not ADA compliant; 3 had senate lines changed and the others either had inadequate facilities, were next door to other precincts,
or had to be aligned with other boundaries.
Please explain why it is imperative that voters recognize the difference in state ID law and state voter ID?
Voters without proper ID who vote provisionally must present a proper photo ID to the election commission within two business days after the election, otherwise their provisional ballot will not be counted.
Your article is CONFUSING, because your facts were not correct. The orange box on the right side of page 19 appears to say that a "driver's license" would be accepted when in fact it must be a license with PHOTO. A PHOTO ID is required for voting. The clear message should be: " Photo ID issued by the Federal Government or any state government is acceptable, even if expired. Student ID's are not acceptable, neither are local or county government ID's."
The other incorrect message in your article was prompted by the reference attributed to an attending attorney. Any registered voter (already in the system) who does not have a valid photo ID may obtain a FREE ID from the Driver's Service Center on East Shelby Drive in Whitehaven or at the Summer Av Service center. Those two sites are open, in addition to their regular schedule, on the 1st Saturday of each month until March EXCLUSIVELY to issue Voter-ID. The County Clerk's office at 150 Washington can also provide a Voter ID.
The attorney seems to have confused the first-time-TN-drivers-license applicant with a registered voter lacking a photo ID. Obtaining a driver's license FOR THE FIRST TIME requires a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship, that is not a requirement for REGISTERED voters who do not have a valid photo ID.
Most people will already have a valid photo ID such as a VA card, military card, old driver's license, state issued permit of somekind. Those folks do not need any other ID. The small percentage of registered voters who do not already have a photo ID may obtain one free of charge! Registered voters who are elderly, ill or physically challenged may always request an Absentee Ballot.
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