An election lawsuit contesting the results of the Monteagle mayoral race filed by candidate Marilyn Campbell Rodman was dismissed by Judge Thomas Graham on February 15. The suit was filed against the election offices in Marion, Grundy, and Franklin counties.
The plaintiff made allegations that a great number of voters were not eligible to vote in the city election. Grundy County had six voters that the Geographic Information System incorrectly placed inside the city limits. The mayoral race was won by 17 votes.
Graham based his dismissal decision on Rodman’s not meeting deadlines set for the hearing.
State law allows voters that have moved into a nursing facility or assisted living facility to maintain their home voting status. All three Election Commission offices stand as one unit and voter registrations cannot be removed from the records without an address confirmation. This course of action is held in accordance with state law. According to Election Commission, abiding by state law did not cause any candidate to lose the election.