Wed
Aug 6 2008
07:41:pm

It has come to our attention that some voters may be receiving misleading phone calls regarding the vote tomorrow.

Here are the facts. There are three elections tomorrow: A state Democratic primary, a state Republican primary, and a Blount County general election.

Regardless of which party primary you vote in, all Blount County voters can vote in the Blount County general election, and your ballot will have ALL the Blount County general election candidates including Judge Mike Meares.

In other words, even if you vote in the Republican primary, you can vote for Judge Mike Meares in the Blount County general election.

If anyone calls you saying otherwise or someone from the local Republican establishment tries to confuse you on this, you should ask yourself a simple question: who is for legitimate elected government by the people and who is fighting democracy by way of misinformation and voter disenfranchisement? Then vote accordingly.

(You should also ask yourself why the local Republican establishment would insult your intelligence by suggesting you are stupid enough to believe such nonsense.)

Why is it so important for

Why is it so important for you libs for a democrat to stay in the judge’s seat?

Lester

Isn't that kind of a

Isn't that kind of a rhetorical question? Or is it just plain silly?

Because we hate right wing Republican corruption

The GOP in Blount County is as corrupt as the Democrats in Memphis.

Or all politicians in

Or all politicians in Chicago?

Why Is It So Important For ...

Why is it so important for the Republicans to move a Republican judge from one seat to another? Oh, that's right, so you can hand-pick the other judge's replacement. And by the way, looking at the campaign spending, it appears that moving a republican is TWICE as important to the Republicans (read: developers and attorneys) than it is for the Democrats.

Picking Judges

I was under the impression that Bredesen will appoint a replacement judge. Am I wrong?

to replace which judge?

The County Commission alone will pick the replacement Sessions Judge- not the Governor.

TCA 16-15-210. Vacancy in

TCA 16-15-210. Vacancy in office of judge — Filling. —

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), any vacancy in the office of judge of the court of general sessions shall be filled by the county legislative body as provided in § 5-1-104.

TCA 5-1-104. County officers — Filling vacancies. —

(a) Each organized county shall have, in addition to the judicial officers elected by the qualified voters or by the county legislative body, such other officers as are authorized by law to manage county business.

(b) (1) Vacancies in county offices required by the Constitution of Tennessee or by any statutory provision to be filled by the people shall be filled by the county legislative body, and any person so appointed shall serve until a successor is elected at the next general election, as defined in § 2-1-104, in the county and is qualified; provided, that the candidates have sufficient time to qualify for the office, as provided for in § 2-14-106.

(2) If the vacancy occurs after the time for filing nominating petitions for the party primary election and more than sixty (60) days before the party primary election, then nominees of political parties shall be selected in such primary election and a successor elected in the August general election. If the vacancy occurs less than sixty (60) days before the party primary election but sixty (60) days or more before the August election, then nominees of political parties shall be selected by party convention and a successor elected in the August election. If the vacancy occurs less than sixty (60) days before the August election but sixty (60) days or more before the November election, then nominees of political parties shall be selected by party convention and a successor elected in the November election.

(3) If a vacancy occurs more than ten (10) days prior to the regular qualifying deadline, then the regular qualifying deadline shall apply. If the vacancy occurs after the tenth day prior to the regular qualifying deadline, independent candidates and candidates nominated by any political party for the vacancies shall qualify by filing all nominating petitions no later than twelve o'clock (12:00) noon, prevailing time, on the fifty-fifth day before the election. If the qualifying deadline is the fifty-fifth day before the election, candidates must withdraw no later than twelve o'clock (12:00) noon, prevailing time, on the fifty-second day before the election.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of law or any provision of any charter of a metropolitan government to the contrary, whenever an election is held to fill a vacancy in a county office that is elected from districts, including, but not limited to, county school board members, county legislative body members, county highway commissions, and constables, the county legislative body may provide by resolution duly certified to the county election commission that persons qualifying as candidates shall be elected from the most recently adopted reapportionment plan in the county. If the county legislative body requires the election to be held using districts as adopted in the most recently adopted reapportionment plan in the county, the county legislative body shall specify to the county election commission which district shall be used to fill the vacancy by election. In the absence of a resolution requiring the latest reapportionment plan be used and specifying which district shall be used for the election, the election shall be held using the district as constituted for the election of the vacated incumbent.

Holy smoke batboy!

If the vacancy occurs less than sixty (60) days before the August election but sixty (60) days or more before the November election, then nominees of political parties shall be selected by party convention and a successor elected in the November election.

This is going to lead to the question of just which days are counted in the "60 days".

Sounds to me like

Sounds to me like conventions and another election.

that is how Knox County is handling it

One vacancy will remain when 8th District Commissioner Phil Ballard leaves that post to be sworn in as property assessor in September.

It will be filled in the Nov. 4 election, county Law Director John Owings said, as will the Knox County General Sessions judgeship left vacant by Bob McGee, who was elected to Knox County Criminal Court.

The Republican and Democratic parties may name nominees to be placed on that ballot or a candidate may file as an Independent with the Knox County Election Commission, said Brook Thompson, state election coordinator.

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