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Memphis voters are skeptical about Tuesday's elections

In the wake of the Senate District 29 election controversy, many voters are more skeptical than ever. Allegations of dead voters and ballots being cast by convicted felons are to blame.

"It's hard to believe, but it still happens," says one voter.

Many hope past irregularities will mean better elections in the future.

"With all the controversy, they're going to be monitoring everything more closely," says another voter.

Shelby County Election Commissioner Richard Holden says recent problems have helped heighten awareness.

"We have done a lot of work in addressing these very issues," says Holden.

Holden believes Tuesday's primary will go off without a hitch. However, he says that has less to do with election officials than it does the people at the polls.

"The integrity of the voters, the integrity of the poll workers is what determines the integrity of the election," says Holden.

"We can't be at 279 locations to make sure every voters and every poll worker is honest," he adds.

They can only better prepare poll workers and expect voters to exercise their rights the right way. Some are already willing to give their vote of confidence.

"I think everything's going to be on the up and up," says one voter.

One way to make sure of that, according to Holden, is to have qualified people manning the polls. Right now, he says there is a shortage of people interested in volunteering.

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