If ever the political axiom of needing a scorecard to keep up with the players applied to an election cycle, it would be the set of three elections in 2014 across Shelby County. The middle election of the three – the August ballot of county general elections and state and federal primary elections – is expected to be one of the longest in the county’s political history, if not the longest. But the two “scorecards” kept electronically by the Shelby County Election Commission don’t match up, making it hard to know who has a qualifying petition out and who has filed their petition, and even more difficult to know some of the basic information like a candidate’s address on their qualifying petition.
After some complaints about the discrepancy, the Election Commission sent a tweet Thursday reading “There is only one list,” with a link to the list, which is called the “short list.”
The same tab that takes those on the website, www.shelbyvote.com, to the short list can also take viewers to another list that those on the website can use to search for a specific candidate’s petition by name or pull up a second list of candidates.