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Shelby County Election Commission certifies election results


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The Shelby County Election Commission voted to certify the county's election results Monday afternoon. 

The five-member board voted four-to-one to certify the results.

Commissioner Bennie Smith voted against certification after questioning Elections Administrator Linda Phillips about how the results were verified. Phillips said the precinct tapes — unofficial results from polling places — were compared to the official results, but did not send documentation to the commission. 

In a text message, Smith said, "We are supposed to compare the precinct tapes to the tabulated results to authenticate the counts but we did not. That is against state law." 

Samuel Hardiman covers Memphis city government and politics for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached by email at samuel.hardiman@shujwhcb.com or followed on Twitter at @samhardiman.