Press Release from the Tennessee Republican Party, Nov. 12, 2010:
TNGOP Calls for full Investigation into Potential Election Fraud in State District 15; Troubling Voting Irregularities Reported Which May Have Compromised Election
NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Republican Party is calling on the State Election Commission to investigate several reports of voting irregularities in State Senate District 15 where State Senator Charlotte Burks narrowly received more votes than Republican nominee Gary Steakley.
“Voters deserve to know what irregularities occurred and who is responsible for them. The fact that any irregularities may have occurred is troubling enough, but given the narrow margin of votes calls into question the accuracy of the election results and the legitimacy of the election’s outcome,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“We will relentlessly pursue what happened, and believe that nothing short of a thorough and detailed investigation from the State Election Commission will be able to address whether or not any criminal activity occurred.”
According to uncertified election results, Democrat Incumbent Charlotte Burks defeated Republican Gary Steakley by 183 votes. State Senate District 15 includes Cumberland, White, Putnam, Overton, Jackson and Pickett counties.