August election error not intentional, investigators determine

MEMPHS, TN (WMC-TV) - No credible evidence can be found to indicate that an error made by a Shelby County Election Commission official during the August election was intentional or intended to influence the outcome of the election, Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said Monday.

In a press release, Gibbons' office announced that no criminal charges will be filed in the matter.

According to the press release, the conclusion was based on an investigation conducted by the TBI into the use of erroneous voter data by the Shelby County Election Commission in the August 5, 2010 election.

Investigators said the incorrect data was loaded into the electronic poll books that poll workers use to determine who is registered and eligible to vote on election day.

Days after the election, officials at the Election Commission for an independent review of the election, which prompted the D.A.'s office to contact the TBI.  Investigators determined to credible evidence could be found that showed the incorrect data was entered intentionally, or to influence the election.

According to the press release, a report issued Monday states that, "the error was one that resulted from an honest mistake and one that was earnestly addressed and remedied as quickly as possible once discovered." However, the report concludes that the findings, "are not intended to give shelter to those responsible for elections in Shelby County."

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