Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Election Commission Seeks AG's Help

The Putnam County Election Commission has voted to ask the state Attorney General to represent them going forward in a federal lawsuit filed by former election administrator Nancy Boman. Federal judge Thomas Wiseman ruled earlier this month that the administrators who filed suit against Republican members of election commissions across Tennessee were not entitled to monetary damages, but the plaintiffs have appealed that decision to the Sixth Circuit Court. Election commission attorney Jerry Daniels says the Attorney General has the option of taking on the case or providing funding to pay for an outside attorney. He says the governor and the comptroller would also have to OK that funding. Meanwhile, a hearing in a separate lawsuit, which was filed to determine whether the state or the county should pay for legal bills up to this point, will apparently be held later this month.