FBI reportedly investigating Shelby County Election Commission

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation of alleged irregularities within the purview of the Shelby County Election Commission, according to Jackson Baker.

The FBI has begun interviewing members of the Election Commission and reportedly has scheduled an imminent sit-down with county Election Administrator Rich Holden.

Simultaneously, Memphis City Council member Myron Lowery has informed the news media by email that he intends to seek consideration of a Council vote of No Confidence for Holden “in the appropriate committee in our first meeting next year.”

On Monday of this week the Shelby County Commission voted 9-0 for a No Confidence resolution regarding Holden’s conduct of his office. The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Wyatt Bunker, a Republican like Holden, and had bipartisan support.

Holden has been increasingly under fire for a series of problems that have occurred since his tenure began in 2009, These included a glitch in the August 2010 countywide elections whereby several hundred voters were told erroneously that they had already participated in early voting, as well as a late processing of ballots for elections in the 2012 election cycle that resulted in numerous voters receiving wrong ballots and the judicial nullification of the outcome in a school board race.