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Lawsuits Expected After Certification of Election Results

The Shelby County Election Commission certified the hotly contested August 2 election results on Monday night, which means the County is expecting several lawsuits regarding the results.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The Shelby County Election Commission certified the hotly contested August 2 election results on Monday night, which means the County is expecting several lawsuits regarding the results.

In addition to certifying the controversial results, two members called for the resignation of the Shelby County Election Administrator, Richard Holden.

Commissioner Norma Lester said, "I am just really concerned about this election commission as a whole." That was a feeling that only grew stronger as the lengthy meeting progressed.

More than 3,200 people ended up voting on the wrong ballot in the election. Chairman Robert Meyers says, "There's a high probability the City of Millington will file a lawsuit and likewise Reverend Whalum may also file a lawsuit."

Despite the controversy, it only took minutes for each election commissioner to review the 1,700 pages of election results from August 2nd. Meyers says, despite the large stack of papers, there wasn't much for them to look at, "The audit only affirms that what we counted was counted correctly, it doesn't look at the underlying issue."

Two commissioners say it comes down to one person, Administrator Richard Holden. Norma Lester told commissioners, "I feel there's a lack of leadership and my motion is going to be that we ask for the resignation of the administrator."

Commissioner George Monger agreed, "This administration has been a total failure and that is why I support this motion."

The motion to remove Holden from his position failed 3 to 2, but the motion didn't go down without a fight. Monger says the problems will continue as long as Holden is at the helm, "It is a rubber stamp for continued problems in Shelby County for our elections, that's what this vote came down to."

Chairman Meyers immediately chimed in, "Commissioner, I vehemently disagree with that - that is essentially just grand standing, you can let us know what your next office will be."

Meyers is requesting a consulting firm do a complete review of the election commission; the cost would be about $30,000.

Now that the results are certified, anyone who plans to file a lawsuit regarding the election has five days to do so.


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