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TN Politics: Bad Rap or Bungling? Last Minute Problems at the Polls Raise Concerns


The Shelby County Election Commission has found itself, once again, under intense scrutiny in the days leading up to an important election. On Thursday, a chancery court decision required the commission to make last-minute changes to how it will verify voter registrations on Election Day. It follows criticisms by Democrats about the way in whichcandidates were listed on the ballot.

This week on Tennessee Politics, political analyist Otis Sanford and WKNO's Christopher Blank discuss the ongoing missteps that give the appearance of political bias, along with some thoughts about the three City of Memphis referenda that some council members -- after hearing numerous complaintsabout the confusing wording -- only days before the vote believe should be better promoted through a$40,000 education campaign.

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.