2 glitches found as voters decide school issue
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:00 pm
By: By The Associated Press
The Messenger 07.18.12
MEMPHIS (AP) — Early voting in Shelby County has turned up some problems with local school district referendums.
Six cities within the county have ballot issues about whether to establish municipal school systems instead of being part of the combining Memphis and Shelby County public schools. Early voting began this past Friday, and Election Day is Aug. 2.
The Commercial Appeal reported a problem cropped up in Collierville where the county election commission failed to include people from 568 homes that were annexed in December. Mayor Stan Joyner said he got the first call from a disenfranchised voter about two hours after polls opened Monday.
Election Commission chairman Robert Meyers said staff is working to get those voters entered into the system as Collierville residents. However, voters who cast ballots without the referendums won’t get to amend their vote.
“I’m really aggravated about this,” Joyner said. “Whether they are voting for or against the schools, our citizens have a right to have their voices heard.”
Bartlett resident Lloyd Cornmesser didn’t get to vote on schools because a poll worker keyed in wrong information about him. Cornmesser lives in a split precinct. Election officials said the borders of precincts don’t always overlay city limits.
Cornmesser said he was told that some Bartlett residents wouldn’t be allowed to vote on the referendums. Meyers said that was incorrect information. He said polling officials are supposed to check the precinct’s records to verify voters’ addresses.
No problems were reported by voters in Arlington, Germantown, Lakeland or Millington.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com