- Post-Election, Political Leaders Talk Turnout (The Memphis Daily News: Monday, August 16)
Shelby County GOP chairman Lang Wiseman said the discussion begins and ends with who was on the ballot.
“It just wasn’t even close,” Wiseman said. “Five of the Democratic candidates had already run for that very same office and lost. They’d already been rejected by the voters once.
“Two of them had actually been in that office and were booted out by the voters,” he said, a reference to Democratic contenders Shep Wilbun and Minerva Johnican.
- Dem Leaders Prepare for Legal Challenge (The Memphis Daily News: Friday, August 13)
Meanwhile, local Republican Party chairman Lang Wiseman said he, too, has concerns about the voting problems. He heard from Republicans on Election Day who had similar problems.
“Of course, this is what you expect the Democrats to say. What else do they have to hang their hat on at this point?” Wiseman said. “But it’s a serious issue when there’s a glitch like that. It shouldn’t have happened. And they need to get to the bottom of why it happened. It’s not something that should be tolerated.”
Wiseman drew a distinction, however, between the problems voters had and the problems even some Democrats have conceded stem from a low turnout for a slate of candidates that failed to excite enough of the Democratic base.
“Let’s address the (voting) problem for what it was. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Wiseman said. “But let’s not say the sky is falling because we all know it is not. … At the end of the day, people voted.”