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Shelby Election Administrator Offers an Explanation

Shelby County’s chief election official says the County Commission’s failure to develop its redistricting plan, the loss of critical local precinct-change data by the state, the massive complexities of redistricting overall, and a new staff without redistricting experience contributed to unprecedented local problems in the Aug. 2 elections.
From the Commercial Appeal:
The County Commission’s redistricting plan was legally due last Dec. 31, but was never finalized. The Shelby Election Commission decided on June 14 that it “must proceed at a rapid pace to implement the redistricting at all levels” based on no county commission plan, but the next day a court ruling approved a plan — and that ruling was promptly appealed. That was only a month before the start of early voting.
“I believed we could not act until the county commission enacted a redistricting plan,” Shelby Elections Administrator Richard Holden wrote. “Had they acted in compliance with state law, we would have implemented the plan we developed after the March election certification and the results would have been dramatically different.”
And despite preparations that started two years ago and the fact that “the potential for problems was well known throughout the state,” Shelby election officials did not become aware that voters were being issued incorrect ballots for their districts until early voting began last month, Holden said in a 4½-page letter e-mailed to State Election Coordinator Mark Goins Wednesday night.

Haslam Say Gas Tax a Major Problem (but no plans to address it)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says declining gas tax revenues will be a major problem facing the state over the next decade.
But the Republican governor told reporters on Monday that he doesn’t plan to introduce any proposals to overhaul the system in the upcoming legislative session.
Haslam said in recent budget hearings that while it’s encouraging that cars are becoming more fuel efficient, that trend also means the state stands to collect less from its 21.4-cent tax on each gallon of gas.
Transportation Commissioner John Schroer said in the hearing that he has met with the heads of the House and Senate transportation committees about the issue.
Schroer told the governor that officials must “figure out before it’s too late how we’re going to systematically fund transportation in the future.”