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Election Officials Urge Patience on Election Day

Pack your ID, and your patience, if you plan to vote on Thursday. The head of the Shelby County Election Commission is warning there could be significant delay at the polls.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Pack your ID, and your patience, if you plan to vote on Thursday.

The head of the Shelby County Election Commission is warning there could be significant delay at the polls.

Robert Meyers, chairman of the Shelby County Election Commission, says despite working around the clock, election workers have not been able to fix all the problems that plagued early voting.

One big issue during early voting was voters getting the wrong ballots. One estimate had more than 3,000 Shelby County voters getting an incorrect ballot.

"We still have not rectified that issue," said Meyers. "As a result of that, we still think there are individuals in our database that are misidentified."

Meyers say further examination determined an additional 3,000 ballots, on top of the 3,000 from early voting, may be wrong.

"We are slowing down the process in an effort to increase accuracy and we are just asking the voters to be patient with us," Meyers said.

Meyers say all poll workers will have a list the election commission has created with voters who may get the wrong ballots. Workers will cross-check voters with that list. If a person is identified, they will be given a new ballot or a provisional one.

Meyers says the extra step will take more time.

"We are trying very hard to emphasize accuracy over speed so that may delay our ability to report the election results."

Meyers says the election commission also doesn't know what to expect reporting results on election night.

Meyers says if there are long lines at the polls, then that could delay polls closing, which in turn would delay vote counting.

"There are a lot of moving parts in this thing," said George Monger, an election commissioner. "Until this one is in the books it is nerve-wracking."

"Rightfully so, everyone should be on pins and needles," he added.

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