Election administrator responds to criticism - WKRN News 2

Election admin responds to criticism that may result in termination

Posted: Updated: May 3, 2013 08:11 PM

Davidson County Election Administrator Albert Tieche responded to harsh criticism that could cost him his job.

A report showed that last year's Primary Election in Davidson County was marred by avoidable errors.

Election Administrator Albert Tieche said the 2012 elections in Davidson County could have gone smoother.

"We did have 122 poll officials who dropped out in the last 72 hours before the election. That is a lot of folks to lose in 72 hours," said Tieche.

He said running an election is a complicated process and there will be snags.

"People are going to say what they want. Everyone has their own view point. The election business is very complicated. There are not that many people who really understand all the nuances of it, so if you are going to be in this business you need to have some thick skin," he explained.

Tieche is facing harsh criticism for a number of voter complaints and it may cost him his job.

"People were turned away for not having two forms of ID, when really they only needed one form of ID. There was a lot of miscommunication," said Mary Mancini, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Citizen Action.

The primary issues for voters were:

  • Voters were upset about wait time of around an hour and a half to cast their vote.
  • Polling places ran out of change of address forms.
  • There was a shortage of polling officials and many voters were asked to help out with elections after casting their vote.
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