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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:16 PM

tennessee - 2012: 'Pattern of serious errors' undermined elections

The outcomes of two 2012 primary elections in Davidson County might have been influenced by the bungling of new voting technology, a blistering state review of the county’s election process has found.

And when the state began looking into how local officials handled the election, Davidson County Election Commission officials disciplined two employees in ways that may have hindered the investigation.

Those findings are contained in a draft report, obtained by The Tennessean, which says the county’s elections were "marred by a series of avoidable errors and violations of law" throughout 2012 that undermined the credibility of the voting process in Nashville.

“While minor mistakes are understandable, our review uncovered an unacceptable pattern of serious errors,” says the 26-page report by Mark Goins, the state coordinator of elections. “These errors were sometimes repeated, often at a cost to taxpayers, and have led to an erosion of confidence in the Davidson County Election Commission.”

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130425/NEWS0202/304250096/-Pattern-serious-errors-undermined-elections


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