Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012 Election Contest Filed in Sevier Chancery Court in Pigeon Forge Liquor-by-the-Drink Referendum

A liquor-by-the-drink referendum was held in Pigeon Forge on November 6. 

On November 19, the Sevier County Election Commission certified the results of the LBTD referendum, 1,232 FOR and 1,132 AGAINST, for a total of 2,364 votes cast on the LBTD question.

A lawsuit was then filed by a group opposed to LBTD alleging that irregularities in the conduct of the election and discrepancies in the final tally make the results of the vote "incurably uncertain."

Among the problems cited in the Complaint, it is stated that Election Commission records show that 2,061 registered voters cast votes in the LBTD referendum, but the Election Commission certified final results showing that 2,364 votes were cast in the LBTD referendum.

The suit asks that the current referendum be voided and a new referendum held.

The Sevier County Chancery lawsuit is here. The News-Sentinel article with a link to the lawsuit is here.

Articles are here, herehere, and here.

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