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Certification of August election delayed by state

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Dyer County Election Commission has been unable to certify the August election, due to technical problems at the Tennessee Department of State Division of Elections.

Dyer County Election Commission Jane Heathcott noted the commission has usually been quick to certify elections, but the way the state is requesting to receive the results has been the factor.

"We have always tried to certify a day or two after each election," said Heathcott.

For the August election, Heathcott noted the division of elections changed the format in which they wanted to receive the results. The Dyer County Election Commission did not receive the information on how to format the results until Monday, Aug. 16, at 3:30 p.m.

On election night, the commission would normally go to the state's election website and enter the cumulative total. However, the website crashed several times throughout the evening, leaving counties unable to enter results. Heathcott added that it is no fault of the state, because it was simply an unforeseen technical problem that had to be resolved. She noted that Dyer County had to get in line with the other 95 counties in which to receive the information.

"That's why it has taken so long to certify," said Heathcott. "In their (the state's) defense their whole system went down five times on Election Day and it has taken them awhile to be able to get this information to us. This has been a first for us and we are usually one of the first to get ours in."

The Dyer County Election Commission will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. at the election commission office to certify the election. It will be certified to state specifications and sent to the Tennessee Department of State Division of Elections along with an audit report.

No date has been set by the state's election division in which to certify the elections.



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