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Democrats Seek Details On Tenn. Voting Problems

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- If you thought you'd heard the end of the state's controversial new voter ID law, think again.  State Democrats are now raising some serious questions about its impact on the August 2nd election.

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, on Tuesday, sent a strongly-worded letter to Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

In it, he says the election was "plagued with problems ranging from voters not receiving ballots for the correct contests, to persons with proper identification not being allowed to vote."

"There's been a lot of mis-information out there, a lack of good information, there's been new legislation, and we just need a little more uniformity and a little more information, not only from the voters standpoint, but those in charge of the elections as well," he said.

The letter is signed by nearly two dozen other members of the democratic caucus.

"Well right now we're concerned there may be just some inexperience out there with handling of elections, that's leading to incompetence," said Representative Mike Turner.

The lawmakers want Secretary of State Tre Hargett to respond to questions about how many voters received the wrong ballot; whether there is a uniform procedure to make voters aware of how to obtain the correct ballot; and how many people were denied the right to vote due to problems with presenting government-issued photo identification.

State Coordinator of Elections, Mark Goins wrote a letter response to those concerns, on behalf of the Secretary of State.

In it, he says they are well aware of elections issues in Shelby County and are working to address them.

Outside of Shelby County, he says they saw only a handful of isolated incidents, mostly involving poll worker mistakes.

Lawmakers Express Concerns About August 2nd Election

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