Jul 26 2008

July 25, 2008
TO: Blount County Election Commission

SUBJECT: Complaint

The ground floor of the Blount County Courthouse has been designated as a polling place for early voting. The Blount County Election Commission, the administrator of elections and the officer in charge of the polls have the responsibility for carrying out the duties given to them by State Laws in holding an election. Neither the building manager, City or County government nor police can interfere with or abrogate this responsibility. Tennessee laws are designed to prevent undue influence or intimidation of campaign workers and voters.

Prior to 1993 TCA 2-7-111 prohibited campaign signs on the grounds of any building in which a polling place is located, however in 1993 TCA 2-7-111 (B)(1) was changed to permit this activity. The placing of campaign signs is not a prohibited practice outside the 100 ft boundary sign. It is a recognized historical fact that campaign activity such as solicitation of votes, distribution of campaign materials, displaying signs, buttons and other media is permitted and expected at the polls.

On Monday July 21, I placed two campaign signs on either side of the sidewalk leading to the polls. I returned less than an hour later to find them removed. I replaced them and asked two workers nearby if the knew who removed them and they said that the courthouse grounds supervisor did and that he was en-route here. He arrived and told me that “state laws” prohibited the signs and then he proceeded to again remove my signs. During the last election in 2006 I placed campaign signs at this same location.

I demand that the Blount County Election Commission stop the harassment and intimidation of campaign workers on the grounds near the polls while voting is going on.


Hmmm. Let's see. What has

Hmmm. Let's see. What has changed since 2006? Oh, wait...

But seriously, the Election Commission needs to make all county employees (and elected officials) aware of the law.


I wonder who the groundskeeper reports to? Is the mayor keeping the courthouse lawn "litter" free? I don't think that's kosher. I had wondered where the usual plethora of signs had gone.

"Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference." --Voltaire

You could not have guessed!

pvtblount The boss grounds keeper has a wife who works in Judge David Duggan's office.

I drove by the three early

I drove by the three early voting locations. No campaign signs at all three. Wonder how it is in Knox County?

Campaign Signs

I have just returned from replacing 10 of my campaign signs. Some of these signs were on private property. My race is nonpartisan and so I can't declare as affiliated with a party and I don't get party money. My husband says I need to fundraise more, but I hate to ask people for money. These signs are not cheap, especially on my budget. I intend to report these thefts to the Sheriff's office and send a notice to both papers. Stealing signs is a crime. I just want everyone to be aware of that. As with any crime, you need to report this to the Sheriff. I believe during the last election cycle someone was kicked out of the race because he was caught stealing his opponent's sign.

As of Sunday there were

As of Sunday there were signs at the intersections close to Everett High.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Someone just said...

...that there was some Maryville city ordinance against signs along the city streets. Is that a new thing or just newly enforced?

"Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference." --Voltaire

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