Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Putnam County Election Commission Sued

The Republican members of the Putnam County election commission are apparently among those named in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Nashville. Attorney Gary Blackburn filed the suit on behalf of former Putnam County election administrator Nancy Boman and several others. He says their dismissals were based solely on their political party affiliations. And the lawsuit says that's not allowed under federal law. When a Republican majority came to power in the Tennessee Legislature last year, county election commissions also gained a Republican majority. What had previously been a body made up of three Democrats and two Republicans now became a group of three Republicans and two Demcrats. And, in 30 counties across Tennessee, the administrator of elections was let go.