Department of Justice to oversee Shelby County election

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Department of Justice announced Tuesday afternoon it will oversee the August 7 election in Shelby County.

Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Robert Meyers requested federal oversight during a phone call to the Office of the Attorney General Tuesday morning.

Federal monitors will be sent to observe the Shelby County general election, as well as the federal and state primary.

Polling places will be monitored, and a Civil Rights Division attorney will be in contact with local election officials.

Meyers told WREG while he’s sure things will go smoothly Thursday, adding federal monitors should avoid any claims of shady business going on after the results are in.

Both Shelby County Democrats and Republicans requested the feds to step in this week.

“I think all of the commissioners know it’s a problem, but they don’t want to say anything because of the election season,” said Republican Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz.

Ritz requested federal monitors at Monday’s meeting.

“About a year ago, we passed a resolution with almost every commissioner voting with no confidence for the executive director of the election commission,” he said.

Meyers admits it will repair the commission’s reputation after problems during past elections, but said federal monitors during elections are normal to insure a transparent process.

Tuesday night, the Shelby County Democratic Party was celebrating after asking the feds step in.

While they provided no proof, they claim there was voter fraud and intimidation during early voting.

Republicans WREG spoke with said they have not heard of those claims, but that federal monitors can’t hurt.

To file a complaint about discriminatory voting practices, call 1-800-253-3931.

The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or language.

25 comments

  • langor1

    Uh huh. Nothing like the fox guarding the henhouse. I actually don’t doubt the voter fraud and intimidation, I just believe that would be Democrats in this area.

  • yathinksoeh

    Expect more of this in the run up to November. They know its coming , so do the rest of us. November 2014!

  • Irritatedbypolitics

    I wonder if the alleged intimidated voters were uneducated voters. I watched one voter leave when asked which primary ballot she wanted to vote in May. When she saw party printed on ballot application she got upset and left.

    Another voter was upset on May Election Day because she was told to vote at another precinct. She had moved and wanted to vote where she had voted for years.

    Too many people don’t understand the party primary system. If folks better understood voting regulations they may not feel intimidated.

    Maybe both parties should cooperate (HA, not holding my breath) to hold v

  • Irritatedbypolitics

    I wonder if the alleged intimidated voters were uneducated voters. I watched one voter leave when asked which primary ballot she wanted to vote in May. When she saw party printed on ballot application she got upset and left.

    Another voter was upset on May Election Day because she was told to vote at another precinct. She had moved and wanted to vote where she had voted for years.

    Too many people don’t understand the party primary system. If folks better understood voting regulations they may not feel intimidated.

    Maybe both parties should cooperate (HA, not holding my breath) to hold voter education classes at area community centers before November elections…

  • Christine

    The fix is in. The Democrats will take control of the Senate and the House of Representatives. I would like all of you to take a close look at these politicians, whether are a Democrat or a Republican. The Senate is in a uproar over the fact that they were being monitored by the C.I.A. I do not blame the C.I.A. Because there are some politicians who hate President so bad, they try to sabotage every thing that he does. When these politicians like Marsha Blackburn and I sanked a ship John McCain get on television trying to portray President Obama as being weak. They want to keep troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also they want him to take a harsher stand against Russia in the Ukraine conflict. The President knows that the leaders in some of these countries can be two faced. Also why should American soldiers die to protect the countries in the European Union.

    • langor1

      Christine said “When these politicians like Marsha Blackburn and I sanked a ship John McCain get on television trying to portray President Obama as being weak”. Wow, no worries that anyone will be able argue with that… or understand it at all.

      • Thomas H. Evans

        And what part of that didn’t you understand. I pity the fool(s) that feel John McCain in a war hero; what he is is a fool looking for a war with anyone to feed his little short ego. I love the fact that President Obama has and is being cautious when dealing with the ego’s of leaders in other countries, especially Putin.

  • Jim Forsythe

    Maybe they will bring in the Black Panthers to oversee the election. How else can the Dems win?

  • I see nothing

    ha ha ha WREG ! Did you even see ANY shenanigans going on ? Hey Chairman Robert Meyers .. did you watch this video? Pay close attention to 1;18, 1:30 & 1:48 .. Where are the Feds? What a joke when you see a major violation right in your own video !! Here is the LAW that is broken >>> Tenn. Code Ann. ยง 2-7-111 <<< "Within the appropriate boundary as established in subsection (a), and the building in which the polling place is located, the display of campaign posters, signs or other campaign materials, distribution of campaign materials, and solicitation of votes for or against any person, political party, or position on a question are prohibited" .. but again remember in 2008 when the massive wall poster of Obama was right in front of the voting machine .. Google "Obama wall mural voting machine" – Keep a eye out Feds because WREG can't even see it ..

    • George Brown

      Hi Jerome. An individual can bring in a voter guide, such as in the video, however they cannot be handed out there beyond the area where campaign sides are located outside.

      • I see nothing

        George .. it’s NOT the guide… It’s the Tee shirt(s) ! That family cannot be promoting ANY politician inside the voting location .. They should have been asked to leave or change. They are in violation of the law … You can see that right George ?

      • I see nothing

        What’s bizarre ? That your doing a story on hanky panky while showing faults in the voting system? I yes the media does play a role. To their credit, maybe they were showing this to show us it is still going on today right in front of us. Sometimes the Media is the Fourth Branch of Government .. sometimes :)

  • Ralph Noyes

    GOOD. The Republicans saw it coming, so they said “me too”.

    Have we had an election in Shelby County without major irregularities since the Republicans took over?

    NO.

    • langor1

      How many dead conservatives have voted Ralph? Well of course that is a rhetorical question, the answer is none. Please make more noise for my amusement.

      • Ralph Noyes

        I remember when Republican icon Bill Gibbons had to cast a provisional ballot because of a massive Republican screwup of an election. It’s not just corruption, it’s incompetence.

        Do YOU remember? Or, like most Tea Partiers, do you have the attention span and intellect of a goldfish?

      • langor1

        @Ralph: Not a tea partier or a republican ralph, I don’t need to swear allegiance to any set of dogma, can you say the same. I am conservative and used to vote for a few democrats (they had blue dogs at one time) until they all decided that fiscal responsibility was someone else’s problem. You strike me as a 21st century liberal Ralph, unable to have a conversation or argument without insulting people, I’ve read some of your other pap and am unimpressed. I assume you intended deflection since you didn’t answer my question by the way.

  • Just Saying, too

    The problem that I am having is that MOST of the candidates don’t seem to have a real mission. Many of them do not have a website, or if they do, it is empty. How can I vote for you if I don’t know where you stand on the issues. One has to be pretty arrogant to run for office based on familiarity alone. AND as for repeat politicians, there are only three that I am considering… everyone else needs to step aside and let someone else try to accomplish the goals that have failed year after year. This election is a joke, as there are no real candidates. Perhaps more independents need to run for office because both parties blow.

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