Cohen Calls for Investigation into Voter History Controversy

UPDATE 5/29/2012) The Shelby County Election Commission says records were not deleted. Read MORE

(Memphis) – Helen Bowen says she has never missed an opportunity to vote and its for that reason she’s surprised to find herself on a list of people that has no voting history.

“I am just astonished,” said Bowen. “I couldn`t believe it.”

She along with 487 other people in Shelby County had their voting history deleted. This is according to Bev Harris on BlackBoxVoting.org. It says Shelby County Election workers deleted the histories. Almost all names on the list are African-American democrats. Bowen finds it rather suspicious.

“I think they’re just trying to keep my president Obama [from] being reelected and I don’t think they want Congressman Cohen [either],” said Harris.

News Channel 3 caught up with the congressman at a Memorial Day Service. Coincidentally all names on the list are in Cohen’s 9th congressional district.

“If it’s intentional, it’s criminal,” said Cohen. “If it’s accidental, it’s extreme negligence.”

Cohen is calling for an investigation. He wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting someone look into the Shelby County Election Commission.

“[The Election Commission] has, in their hands, the trust of the American people to make sure everyone has that right to vote and when you look at voting picture I.D.’s now and then purging of voters and deleting of voting histories, there is something that smells wrong,” said Cohen.

Bowen hopes the deleted histories are not intentional. Whatever it may be, she hopes the U.S. Dept. of Justice can find out what’s really going on. “Yea, take it on up there as high as we possibly can,” she said as she laughed.

(Memphis) – Helen Bowen says she has never missed an opportunity to vote and its for the reason she’s surprised to find herself on a list of people that has no voting history.

“I am just astonished,” said Bowen. “I couldn`t believe it.”

She along with 487 other people in Shelby County had their voting history deleted. This is according to Bev Harris on BlackBoxvoting.org. It says Shelby County Election workers deleted the histories. Almost all names on the list are African-American democrats. Bowen finds it rather suspicious.

“I think they’re just trying to keep my president Obama [from] being reelected and I don’t think they want Congressman Cohen [either],” said Harris.

News Channel 3 caught up with the congressman at a Memorial Day Service. Coincidentally all names on the list are in Cohen’s 9th congressional district.

“If it’s intentional, it’s criminal,” said Cohen. “If it’s accidental, it’s extreme negligence.”

Cohen is calling for an investigation. He wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting someone look into the Shelby County Election Commission.

“[The Election Commission} has, in their hands, the trust of the American people to make sure everyone has that right to vote and when you look at voting picture I.D.’s now  and then purging of voters and deleting of voting histories, there is something that smells wrong,” said Cohen.

Bowen hopes the deleted histories are not intentional. Whatever it may be, she hopes the U.S. Dept. of Justice can find out what’s really going on. “Yea, take it on up there as high as we possibly can,” she said as she laughed.

The election commission says the document showing the deleted records is only a monthly report. They say their computer systems are up to date and don’t know why the two don’t match. No one with the commission was available to speak with News Channel 3 on Sunday.

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