Simultaneously, Memphis City Council member Myron Lowery has informed the news media by email that he intends to seek consideration of a Council vote of No Confidence for Holden “in the appropriate committee in our first meeting next year.”
On Monday of this week the Shelby County Commission voted 9-0 for a No Confidence resolution regarding Holden’s conduct of his office. The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Wyatt Bunker, a Republican like Holden, and had bipartisan support.
Holden has been increasingly under fire for a series of problems that have occurred since his tenure began in 2009, These included a glitch in the August 2010 countywide elections whereby several hundred voters were told erroneously that they had already participated in early voting, as well as a late processing of ballots for elections in the 2012 election cycle that resulted in numerous voters receiving wrong ballots and the judicial nullification of the outcome in a school board race.
A recent audit of the administrator’s office also turned up alleged irregularities.
Only the Election Commission itself can act on changes in Holden's status, and attempts to depose him have so far failed on a 3-2 vote, with the Republican majority supporting Holden. The Commission did vote unanimously a year ago for a temporary suspension of the administrator and a six-month period of probation.
Holden was not available for comment late Thursday night, but he has consistently maintained that past problems have been corrected and that no new issues have arisen this year.