Candidate for city council not pleased with Tuesday’s voting situation

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – In the midst of the voting taking place in various areas in Alabama Tuesday, one city council candidate has already called for a recount.

Candidate for city council, Sheila Tyson, says legal action against the city of Birmingham is already in the works.

“This was not done right, and then you want to know why people don’t go vote, why are they so suppressed about voting? It’s stuff like this,” she said.

Tyson is running for the District 6 seat on the Birmingham City Council.

She says when she and a dozen of her supporters arrived to cast their ballot at Hemphil Elementary, ballots for her district were not there.

Tyler says the poll workers tried to give her and her supporters ballots for District 7.

“The seniors went on and voted for anybody, because they didn’t know anybody on the ballot. When I went in there to vote, they gave me a District 7 ballot,” Tyson explained. “I said ‘I vote in 6.’ She said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘No, I’m the candidate!’”

The voting location was a combined voting poll for districts 6, 7 and 8. State representative John Rogers says that never should have happened, though.

He says it creates room for confusion, mistakes and fraud.

Whether it was intentional or not, the city council says there’s absolutely no way this election can be considered, because she isn’t the only candidate affected.

“If it was a mistake, fix it,” urged Tyson. “If you did it on purpose, you got a higher person to pay for than Sheila Tyson.”

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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