SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Shelbyville man running for city council was charged with forging signatures of registered voters on his qualifying petition to get his name on the ballot.
A grand jury in Bedford County last week indicted 44-year-old Jimmy Neal Anderton with false entries on a registration or election document and he has been barred from seeking the position on the council.
The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported that Detective Sgt. Brian Crews said Anderton admitted to forging 14 signatures of registered voters on the city council ballot petition, which requires 25 valid signatures.
Crews said Anderton said he basically ran out of time to get valid signatures and knowingly turned it in with the fake signatures. Anderton turned himself into police and posted a $3,000 bond.