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Audit reveals high-risk failures in Shelby Co. Election Commission

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Bunker led the effort to pass a "no confidence" vote against Shelby County Election Commission Administrator Rich Holden. Bunker led the effort to pass a "no confidence" vote against Shelby County Election Commission Administrator Rich Holden.

(WMC-TV) - An audit found 15 weaknesses in the Shelby County Election Commission's operations.

Officials consider one-third of those weaknesses high risk, which includes the inability to verify if cash receipts were tracked.

"Rich is a very nice guy, but he hasn't done a very good job as election administrator," said Shelby County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

Bunker led the effort to pass a "no confidence" vote against Shelby County Election Commission Administrator Rich Holden. That resolution passed 9-0. Although, the Election Commission is the only body that can call for formal action against him, such as the three-day suspension.

"I feel it's the right thing to do because the Election Commission refuses to take action," said Bunker.

Bunker says the internal audit revealing he risks prompted the no-confidence vote.

"Ballots not being counted, the wrong ballots being given out, registration not being properly processed," he said.

The audit found unaccounted cash receipts, a failure to track voter applications, some records different than applications, names and Social Security numbers of temp workers exposed to people who should not have access, and a security breach risk when unauthorized staffers had administrative access to the system.

Those are only the high-risk failures.

"This is too big an issue for us to sit on the sideline and not do all that we can," said Bunker.

Earlier this year, a school board election was overturned after 3,200 voters received the wrong ballot. For that, Holden was placed on a three-day, unpaid suspension.

"Public pressure is what we're trying to put on the Election Commission so that they take action," said Bunker.

Election Chairman Rob Myers said he is not aware of any scheduled agenda discussions to address any action against Holden.

"If they refuse to take action, I'm going to put that public pressure on the State Legislature to take action," said Bunker.

Holden did not return Action News 5's calls asking for a response.

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