Monday, September 27, 2010

Election Commission Hears Complaints From Voter

A voter in Putnam County has decided to file two formal complaints with the state Coordinator of Elections concerning the way the August primary was conducted in Tennessee. Paula Tyler of Monterey appeared before the Putnam County Election Commission Monday to talk about the complaints, and while Tyler was complimentary of the way Putnam County handled the primary, she criticized Rutherford County and state officials for what she said were failures to follow the law. Tyler filed a general complaint form, contesting the legitimacy of Diane Black congressional candidacy, arguing that Black was ineligible to run for Congress because she was a "defaulter to the treasury at the time of the election." Tyler says Black had failed to pay taxes on some business property during the first two weeks of early voting. In a second complaint, filed under the Help America Vote Act, Tyler contends that the Rutherford County Election Commission violated the law by not having their office open on one Saturday during Early Voting. Tyler told local officials that the law should either be enforced or taken off the books. Because Putnam County's election commission could take no action on the complaints, they voted to forward them to the state.