SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Just six days into early voting in Shelby County, and people are already calling it the nastiest election they’ve seen.
Poll workers, candidates, and even party leaders admit things are getting dirty.
Thursday, Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson said there was an electrical glitch at three polling places.
He’s worried ballots were tampered with, so he is calling for help.
“We are writing a letter to congressmen and election commission requesting federal monitors,” he said.
Election Commission Chairman Robert Myers said no voters were impacted when a construction accident caused an AT&T server to go down Thursday.
Carson isn’t convinced, “It’s an integrity issue. An electorate issue.”
“This is probably one of the most contentious elections cycles I’ve ever worked,” said Liz Rincon, a political strategist.
The political drama continued at a polling center in Bartlett Thursday.
This time with poll workers and campaign workers.
WREG is told the Republican party set up a tent and hung up a sign that read, “No Democrats allowed.”
They wouldn’t tell WREG why they did it, but shortly after, the Democrats set up their own tent and waved their own signs.
“We decided to put up a tent for everybody no matter who you represent or party affiliation,” said Rincon.
Joe Brown, Democratic candidate for district attorney and who was campaigning at the same Bartlett polling center, said the dirty politics needs to stop.
That’s interesting sine earlier this month, he questioned his opponent Amy Weirich’s sexuality.
Brown told WREG it was misconstrued, and he doesn’t regret it.
“I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true. If you look at commercials running on your station, the first one: no wedding band! What married woman takes off her wedding band?” he said.
Weirich’s campaign manager Kim Perry said this is why the District Attorney race is the nastiest, “She is clearly wearing her wedding ring, so I’m not sure what he’s referring to.”
The good news: we’re two weeks away from election day.