No change in local results after provisional votes counted

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

For full chart of Marshall County

election results, see page 6.

By Karen Hall


Marshall County had 31 provisional ballots cast in last week's election.

Tuesday, Administrator of Elections Tristan Arnold announced that 13 of these ballots were counted, but none of the results had changed.

This was particularly of interest in the 3rd District where R.L. Williams led Tony Nichols by just four votes. In fact, Williams gained votes when the provisional ballots were counted, while Nichols did not pick up any more.

None of the other races in the county were close enough to be effected by 13 (or even 31) votes one way or the other.

Arnold said U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais gained two votes, but the answer to whether he, or Jim Tracy, won the Republican Congressional primary is still in doubt.

A voter gets a provisional ballot if they do not bring their photo ID to the polling station, or if there is some doubt about their registration. Then they have two business days (Friday and Monday) to bring their ID to the election office for verification.

If their registration is in question, Arnold said, information is pulled from the Department of Safety to double check if the voter registered online.

On Monday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. the Election Commission will meet to officially certify the results of last week's election. The Election Commissioners are Janet Heckle, chairman; Chundra "Cee Cee" Davis, secretary; and members Fred Fleischer, Lisa Laster, and Barbara Woods.

After that, preparations will begin for the state and federal general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. In Marshall County, the Town of Cornersville will also hold its election for aldermen that day. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Monday, Oct. 6.

Acceptable forms of photo ID include a Tennessee driver's license, United States Military photo ID, U.S. passport, Department of Safety photo ID, photo ID issued by the federal or state government, or a gun permit card with your photo.

Those exempt from showing a photo ID include those who vote by absentee ballot, residents of assisted living centers and nursing homes who vote at the facility, people who have a religious objection to being photographed, people who are hospitalized, and those who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee.