Amy Broyles accuses Election Commission of voter suppression

Commissioner Amy Broyles calls foul and wants an investigation after problems at the polls.

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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) --- The line at Christenberry Elementary could be described in one sentence on election day.

Hour long waits, no chairs, and some very frustrated voters.

The reason for the wait?

The Election Commission decided to make a change for the biggest election in four years; remove at least one machine.

Only three voting machines for the first time.

Some would call it frustrating, County Commissioner Amy Broyles used a different word.

"There has been some attempts at voter suppression." Broyles said at the polling place, "Towards the democrats."

She points to Christenberry and the decision to combine two districts and move them to Larry Cox Senior Center as evidence.

Two Democratic districts. Both with big changes.

But the Election Commission calls the accusation ridiculous.

Actually Chairman Chris Heagerty also used a different word. "That's insane. She's completely incorrect, this is just her trying to get her name in the paper. She can't prove anything because there's nothing to prove."

So why the machine change?

Well the commission says its math.

They say fewer people registered and fewer people voted at Christenberry and there are only so many machines to go around.

Still Amy Broyles wants an investigation.


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