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Dems Seek Delay In Certifying August Primary

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Democratic leaders are asking for a delay in certifying the August primary results after reports that voting machines defaulted to the Republican primary ballot.

A letter was sent to Secretary of State Tre Hargett on Wednesday by Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle, Senate Caucus Chair Lowe Finney, House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh and House Caucus Chair Mike Turner.

The letter stated "voting apparatus should never default to one party or another" and called for a full investigation.

An analysis of August turnout showed a 27 percent increase in Democratic turnout, compared with a 350 percent increase in Republican turnout.

Concerning the spike, the letter said: "Frankly, it doesn't even pass the laugh test."

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