Poll-watching coalition wants audit of election

9:46 am | November 13, 2012

NASHVILLE (AP) — A coalition of Nashville poll watchers on Monday called for an audit of problems they documented with Election Day voting.

Tennessee Citizen Action organized the poll watching effort and its director, Mary Mancini, said that while some precincts were run effectively and smoothly, many were not.

The Election Protection Coalition command center fielded more than 600 calls reporting problems that included too few poll workers, poll workers who gave voters inaccurate information and polling places that ran out of provisional ballots and change-of-address forms.

In one case, a polling place at the Napier Community Center had more than 1,500 registered voters assigned to it. Long lines formed early while the five (and at one point six) poll workers struggled to keep up. But a polling place next door, the Napier Elementary School, had only 10 registered voters assigned to it, and the three poll workers there had almost nothing to do all day.

Davidson County Elections Administrator Albert Tieche did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Several of the coalition’s 125 watchers said they ended up becoming unofficial poll workers to help the overwhelmed official ones.

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