Hundreds of Tennessee voters cast ballots in wrong races due to redistricting confusion

Election 2022 Tennessee Voting Issue
FILE – Voters wait in line to vote on Nov. 3, 2020, at the Slater Center in Bristol, Tenn. Election officials said Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, that some Tennessee voters have cast ballots in the wrong congressional district in Nashville — a city that Republican lawmakers carved three ways during redistricting in hopes of flipping a Democratic seat. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File) David Crigger/AP

Hundreds of Tennessee voters cast ballots in wrong races due to redistricting confusion

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Election workers in Tennessee are scrambling to get hundreds of voters new provisional ballots after they accidentally cast their votes in the wrong congressional races due to confusion caused by redistricting.

More than 435 voters in Davidson County, Tennessee, cast their mail-in ballots in the wrong districts, prompting election workers to check each person’s precinct and registration information to provide correct provisional ballots ahead of Tuesday.

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“Now, in order to do that, some individuals may vote, instead of voting on the voting machines, you will be offered a yellow envelope that has your name on it with your specific ballot inside,” Jeff Roberts, the election administrator, told Fox 17 Nashville.

It’s not clear how the mistakes were made, and election officials said they would investigate the situation after Election Day is over.

“We will then sit down and see what caused the issue to begin with, you know, ‘Where did it originate?’” Roberts said. “So that when we do redistricting again in 10 years, we don’t go through this issue, with the voters getting in the wrong, misassigned precinct.”

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The redistricting mishap comes after Republican lawmakers redrew the state’s congressional boundaries earlier this year seeking to flip a Democratic seat red. As a result, the state has been split into several fractured precincts, and voters said they were confused about where they were supposed to vote.

The problem affected several voters across Davidson County, the state’s second-most populous region that contains Nashville and Brentwood.

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