Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hearing Scheduled For Election Contest

State Senator Charlotte Burks of Monterey will be seeking to recover attorney's fees when a committee of the Tennessee General Assembly rules on a contest of her election, filed by her opponent, Gary Steakley. A committee hearing the contest is meeting on Thursday for an organizational session and to decide what course to take on the matter. Steakley says in the complaint that he should be declared the winner or that the election should be voided because of what he terms "tampering" involved with some of the voting machines. But local election officials have said that while procedures weren't strictly followed in setting up the machines, nothing was done that affected the count or the eventual outcome of the race -- which Burks won. Burks' lawyer is asking the committee to dismiss the complaint and to rule it "frivolous" in nature. If they do so, the committee is allowed, under the law, to tax Steakley with the cost of Burks legal bill in defending the challenge.