Tennessee news briefs
Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 8:00 pm
Expert: 5.6 percent of Shelby early ballots wrong
MEMPHIS (AP) — Election officials in Shelby County continue to struggle with incorrect ballots as early voting winds down.
According to The Commercial Appeal, voting database expert Dr. Joe Weinberg said 5.4 percent of voters who cast early ballots within Shelby County have been confronted with incorrect ones — largely the result of redistricting. Weinberg said more than 2,300 voters have been affected.
The Shelby County Election Commission sought Weinberg’s help in identifying the problems.
Many of the improper ballots are in uncontested races, but more than 300 of them have showed up in the District 93 contest involving current state representatives Mike Kernell and G.A. Hardaway.
Through Wednesday, 41,595 votes had been cast. Election officials said 51.4 percent of voters asked for a Republican ballot and 46.3 percent voted Democrat.
2 charged in crash
that killed child
KINGSPORT (AP) — Two Kingsport women have been charged in a crash that killed one of the women’s daughter last summer.
According to the Kingsport Times-News, a Sullivan County grand jury indicted 23-year-olde Ronisha Shaneen Dully and 27-year-old Keyonna Shanae Dulaney. Dully was arrested Wednesday and Dulaney surrendered July 2.
Dulaney’s 7-year-old daughter, Jai Lesa Andreyo Dulaney, was killed in July 2011 when a car driven by Dully ran off Interstate 26 and hit a cable barrier, throwing the child through the rear window. Police said the girl was not in a booster seat and was not restrained.
Both women are charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless homicide and reckless endangerment. They were released on bond after being booked at the Sullivan County Jail. A toddler who was restrained survived the crash.
Published in The Messenger 7.27.12