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Poll Watching Coalition Wants Audit Of Election

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  - A coalition of Nashville poll watchers wants an audit of problems they documented with Election Day voting.

Mary Mancini is the director of Tennessee Citizen Action, which organized the poll watching effort. She said at a Monday news conference that the coalition command center fielded over 600 calls on Election Day.

"Everything we experienced on election day as poll watchers and people who were in the command center answering the voter hotline brought us to the conclusion that the Davidson County Election Commission has utterly failed in its mission."

Problems included too few poll workers, workers who gave voters inaccurate information and polling places that ran out of provisional ballots and change-of-address forms.

Long lines were also a recurring problem.

One precinct even earned the nickname 'The Bermuda Triangle', because everyone inside seemed so lost.

"There was one lady that had gone to three different locations to vote, with a three-year-old and a five-year-old," said poll watcher Sam McCullough.

Several of the 125 Election Day observers ended up becoming unofficial poll workers to help the overwhelmed officials.

"I was recruited to operate a machine, which I'd never done before," said poll watcher Larry Sneed.

Mancini said the coalition plans to ask state election officials to look into what went wrong.

"For instance, why were there so many provisional ballots cast this election?" she said.  "Why did so many people show up and say I voted in 2008, but they were no longer on the rolls?"

Elections Administrator Albert Tieche did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.

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