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Group Calls For Investigation Of Primary Election

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A public interest group in Nashville is calling for an investigation into the Davidson County August 2 primary after several prominent Democrats were given Republican ballots.

Tennessee Citizen Action provided reporters on Monday with copies of a letter from Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall in which he said he was never asked which primary he wanted to vote in. Hall said that when he brought up his concern with Davidson County Elections Administrator Albert Tieche, he was told that the system defaulted to a Republican ballot.

Hall said he voted only in the nonpartisan races and does not want to be recorded as having voted in the Republican primary.

"It's outrageous, any election equipment that's involved in any election - should never default to one party, or another. Never," said Mary Mancini with the Tennessee Citizen Action.

Mary Macini said the Tennessee Citizen Action, a group based in Nashville that focuses on consumer concerns, has called for a complete and independent audit of the Davidson County Election Commission.

State Senator Joe Haynes wrote in a blog post on August 2 that he also was given a Republican ballot.

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