Aug 4 2008
By: pvtblount  shortURL

When my wife and I early voted last week at the courthouse, we found that our ballot allowed us to vote for the 6th district school board member (Bell or Long. This was a surprise since we live in the 5th school board district and vote at Maryville High School normally. We should NOT have been allowed to vote in this race. I did not realize this until we had already voted.


When they put my ID from my

When they put my ID from my voter registration card in the computer, it came up with someone else's name. The poll worker had to get help from a supervisor to fix it. They both said it had happened several times that day, always coming up with the same (wrong) person's name.

Ghost in the Machine

The name wasn't Jerry or Lester, was it?

"Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference." --Voltaire

...We should NOT have been allowed to vote in this race.

You know, come to think about it, bell or long was on mine (I believe)as well. The district I am in is not up this time around....


Commissioner- are you not in

Commissioner- are you not in the 4th school board district? IF so, Davis should have been your only option.

You are in the Townsend/Walland area?

If I'm right, Commissioner Walker, the school board member in your district is up for re-election, but is unopposed.

"Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference." --Voltaire

Report This

Commissioner Walker and others - If you have had my name come up on your ballot and your normal voting place during regular voting is NOT William Blount Middle (now the ninth grade accademy), Fairview City or County, Carpenter's Middle, or Lanier, then you need to report this to Libby Breeding of the Election Commission. With your name she can pull up your ballot and see if there was a problem. I appreciate anybody who voted for me, but if you do not live in my district it is an invalid vote. Without names where Ms. Breeding can pull the specific vote, she can only assume that everything is correct and that these vague reports are wrong. I personally have gone to see her last Friday when someone in a crowded room told me they voted for me and they vote at Maryville High School. Unfortunately I did not ask her name, so Libby checked the ballots and told me that the person might not really know where she was supposed to vote and that she did live in my district. Now that this seems to be more widespread, it needs to be investigated throughly. Again, I need people to contact Libby Breeding at the Election Commission at 273-5920. You can tell her your name and she can pull your ballot and check this out. If you have any questions or concerns that you wish to make me aware of, please contact me at or call me at 567-0632. Thank you for your help.

Patricia Bell

Another thing. I noticed

Another thing. I noticed there were signs at the polling place entrance (at Everett, anyway) saying "ID REQUIRED."

There's no state law requiring ID to vote unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail. Otherwise, all that is needed is for you to sign an affidavit, unless you have ID with a signature. But you DO NOT have to have ID.

I suppose if you have your voter registration card or other ID with signature, it can speed up the process, so maybe that's what that means. Or is that form they make you sign when you early vote the affidavit? (It's in a book at the precinct on election day, right?)

But how many people see that sign, and say "Darn, I don't have my ID, I'll have to come back," but then never do?

I could be wrong

I could be wrong, but I thing the law requires you to present your voter registration card. The can accept a photo id in lieu of the registration card.

Otherwise, my other brother Darrell would get my vote before me.

I could be wrong, but I

I could be wrong, but I thing the law requires you to present your voter registration card. The can accept a photo id in lieu of the registration card.

Sorry, but you are wrong on this. Look it up.

(If I'm wrong, I'll be happy to retract.)

I stand corrected

I stand corrected R., I just thought it somewhat logical that I had to prove I wasn't my other brother Darrell.

The note at the bottom of the link here sums it up.

Note: The requirements described above apply ONLY to FIRST TIME VOTERS WHO REGISTERED BY MAIL.
All other persons who registered to vote in person or have voted before must only present evidence of their signature or sign an Affidavit of Identity.

It's a touchy subject with

It's a touchy subject with me, because of the conservative movement around the South to require photo ID and such.

One blogger even suggested we should go back to the days of requiring land ownership, literacy tests, and so on.

The Florida GOP used every trick in the book in 2000, and got away with it.

Which brings me back to the original point, why the signs saying "ID REQUIRED"?

Watch this before you vote.

You should watch these 2 clips and then decide on casting your ballot. It's a shame that we cannot watch the senate meetings and see just what goes on. I bet the other senators around the state is hoping for a turnout for our race.


You can watch the state

You can watch the state Senate and House meetings on the Tennessee Legislature website when the legislature is in session.

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