Review Finds Elections Marred by Mistakes, Violations

Elections in Davidson County in 2012 were “marred by a series of avoidable errors and violations of law” that undermined the credibility of the voting process, according to a draft of a state review obtained by the Tennessean. The mistakes ranged from failing to open up early voting on a Saturday -- a mistake that cost two county election chiefs their jobs in 2010 -- to recruiting a partisan poll watcher from Maury County to operate voting machines at an understaffed polling place on election day. A recent Metro audit of the Davidson County Election Commission’s operations was more positive than the state review, generally giving the commission and its administrator Albert Tieche good marks for both election procedures and financial management.