The Democratic candidates in the District 89 primary went down to the Shelby County Election Commission this morning to vote for themselves first thing this morning, and by all accounts… Both walked away quite disappointed.
These kinds of mistakes would be understandable, though still bad, if they were made by the poll workers drafted into action every Election Day.
But they weren’t. These were full time Shelby County Election Commission Employees.
The first candidate to show up was Kevin Gallagher. He filled in his form and requested the Democratic Primary ballot. And when he got into the booth, he was given… The Republican choices.
He got out to try to sort out the mistake, and Jeannie Richardson had arrived. I personally know that Jeannie Richardson is a registered voter in District 89. She registered there two months ago. The full time Election Commission employees (Again, not election workers but full time Election Commission personnel) did not show her as a registered voter.
Kevin was eventually able to get the mess straightened out and to cast a vote for himself. But apparently, the Republican Primary is programmed in as a default, which can change the numbers drastically if it goes unrepaired. This is a relatively small special election--- What happens to someone that isn't a diehard follower of politics that goes in to vote based on name recognition and doesn't recognize the names?
And, as of 11:30 this morning, one candidate, Jeannie Richardson, had been unable to exercise her right to vote at all.
If these problems are not addressed, both candidates have legal grounds to throw this eleciton out.
As I was seconds away from publishing this story, I found out that Kevin Gallagher's wife Terry had the same problem her husband had. So as of five minutes ago, this problem is not fixed.