Yesterday (Thursday) was the primary election in Tennessee. As with other counties, Sullivan County has new election machines. More automation should speed the process of counting votes. Well, it seems that it doesn’t do it in Sullivan County or in east Tennessee for that matter.
With the old electronic machines, we usually had most of the results by 11:00. It’s not 1:30 A. M. and I cannot find the Sullivan County results. Washington County, just next door, has all results posted. Sullivan has no results posted and the local newspaper and TV websites have not updated results in over an hour.
Maybe automation is not the answer. The county did say that it would not release data on individual precincts until all votes were counted. I wonder what’s going on.