Motion to dismiss liquor lawsuit filed

Attorney

Voters in Pigeon Forge approve liquor by the drink referendum. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Attorney's for the Sevier County Election Commission have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed in Sevier County Chancery Court of the liquor by the drink election results.

The suit was filed in court nearly two weeks ago by a group calling themselves the Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge.

The suit lists a number of issues in the election, including fewer votes certified than those who actually signed in to vote. The suit also says that people voted in the Pigeon Forge referendum who shouldn't have been allowed too.

"The rule that only 2 people can vote on a property, while there were 5 and 4 people voting on one piece of property," said Charles Rhodes, who researched election documents and found the issues.

In all, Rhodes says he found a total of 2,061 people who voted according to election certifications. However, voter logs show 2,364 people signed in to vote.

"When you get over 303 inaccurate votes in your count, that's very inaccurate," said Rhodes.

Rhodes says he's not just protesting liquor, but the integrity of all elections in Sevier County. He says the vote should be thrown out and the process started all over, after election officials figure out what lead to the issues.

"This is bigger than just pigeon forge. but it's all of our duty in Sevier County to make sure that all of our voting process is being handled in proper fashion and that those votes are true votes," said Rhodes.

The suit was filed November 21 in Sevier County Chancery Court. Court officials say the last person to pick up a copy of the suit did so on Monday, November 26.

The group is asking that the court review this lawsuit within the next 10 to 50 days.

No date has been set for a judge to hear the matter.


Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 182063851 - local8now.com/a?a=182063851
Gray Television, Inc.