On the eve of one of the nation's most contentious and intensely watched elections, investigators have opened a criminal probe into suspected early voting fraud in Shelby County.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reviewing reports by the Shelby County Election Commission that two people voted twice during early voting in Memphis.
Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons said Thursday he's referred the cases to the TBI for investigation along with other matters he declined to discuss.
"I can confirm that is one issue the TBI is investigating,'' Gibbons said. He and Election Commission Chairman Greg Duckett declined to release a letter sent to prosecutors detailing the suspected double voting.
Officials declined to say where the votes were cast; Shelby County had 19 early voting locations. Nor would they describe how the individuals were able to skirt computer safeguards.
However, Election Commissioner O.C. Pleasant said staff at the sites should have immediately detected the efforts to double vote and promptly notified election headquarters, yet failed to do so.
John Farmer has a post on it as well. Voting in Memphis' blog breaks it down for you. To quote the great line from "All about Eve" when Margo Channing says "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" Err, election, rather.