Commission wants liquor by the drink voters behind bad ballots probed

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Sevier County Election Commission has voted to ask the district attorney's office to investigate people who improperly cast ballots in a problematic liquor-by-the-drink referendum.

Commissioners made the decision Thursday after earlier attributing voting mistakes to poll worker confusion. The referendum came on the same day as the general election, which produced the largest turnout ever in the county. Nearly 300 people who did not live in Pigeon Forge were allowed to vote on the liquor issue.

A judge tossed the election results, and the commission has scheduled a revote for March 14.

The Mountain Press reported Election Commission member Darrell Whitchurch made the motion to send the names to prosecutor Jimmy Dunn. He said if anyone is attempting fraud from either side, they should be prosecuted.


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