VOL. 129 | NO. 151 | Tuesday, August 05, 2014
County Commission Asks for Federal Election Monitors
By Bill Dries
Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Aug. 4, to ask U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton to monitor Thursday’s election in Shelby County.
The commission approved the resolution after attorney and former Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton said there have been “serious” irregularities already during the early voting period. And Bolton cited problems in past elections.
The irregularities cited by Bolton including some election machines not working during early voting and election officials at some polling places asking voters if they live at the address on their driver’s licenses.
In other action, the commission approved a $1.8 million school facilities study to be conducted by Shelby County Schools.
And the commission approved a resolution asking Tennessee legislators to change laws on the approval of land use and zoning changes within five miles of the Memphis city limits. The change would make the Shelby County Commission the only body needed for approval. Currently, such changes within the five-mile limit also require approval of the Memphis City Council.
The commission delayed again the third and final reading of an ordinance that would increase the pay of Shelby County Schools board members to $15,000 a year with the chairman being paid $16,000. The measure needed nine votes to pass and only eight commissioners were present.
The item was delayed to the commission’s last meeting of the current term of office, which runs out at the end of August.
That will be the last chance for the measure sponsored by Commissioner Mike Ritz.
The new commission that takes office Sept. 1 will elect the chairman for the first year of the new term of office.
Outgoing Chairman James Harvey has also scheduled a luncheon meeting with the new commissioners the day after the election.