Election Commission Rules "Human Error" Caused Glitch, Clears Way for Certification
August 19, 2010 at 10:48AM
Issuance of the Election Commission’s report laid the basis for official certification of the August 5 results, scheduled to take place on Thursday — after which the plaintiffs in the case, several defeated Democratic candidates and their supporters, will have five days to appeal the certification.Representatives of the state Election Coordinator's office will be at the Operations Center on Friday to conduct a separate audit.Another of several indications that the post-election controversy is far from over, regardless of Wednesday’s report or Thursday’s pending certification, was a press conference called Wednesday by the local chapter of the National Action Network, an organization presided over nationally by noted activist Al Sharpton. At the press conference, held on the steps outside the Election Commission’s downtown offices, Greg Grant, president of the Memphis chapter, announced that Sharpton had been invited to Memphis to intervene in the case “in support of the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
The invitation was not coordinated with the plaintiffs in the case, said Grant, who indicated he expected to receive a reply from Sharpton “within 24 hours.”
Included in materials passed out by Grant was a lengthy list of "records we have been unable to obtain," including several items relating specifically to the functioning of the Diebold machinery and software.