The federal portion of a lawsuit filed by citizens over alleged election violations in the past year has been dismissed. This part of the lawsuit dealt with issues involving the district lines.
Earlier in Superior Court, Judge Kendall Wynne Jr. ruled against the Banks County residents who filed a lawsuit over alleged election violations during the past year and sought to have a new election to fill two board of commissioner positions. The lawsuit was divided into two parts with the ballot issues being heard in Superior Court and the other concerns being part of the federal case.
Bobby Caudell, Pat Westmoreland, Ray Holcomb, Robert Marshburn, Keith Rucker and Henry Taylor IV filed the lawsuit against Banks County Probate Judge Betty Thomas over the wording on the ballot where seats on the Banks County Board of Commissioners were listed as “post” instead of “district.”
The July ballot listed the Post 1 candidates as Rickey Cain, Danny Maxwell and Sam Moon, and the Post 3 candidates as Sammy Reece and Keith Segars. The word “Post” was also used on the August runoff ballots and on the November 2 general election ballots.
In the Superior Court ruling, the judge said: “According to the exhibits introduced into evidence, the candidates themselves used the words interchangeably in their qualifying documents,” the judge ruled. “…The court believes that holding a new election at this point would cause more confusion than currently exists.”
I don't know what you are talking about. It turned out exactly like everyone at the newspaper wanted it to turn out. I put the ruling from the Superior Court judge as the top news story when the judge ruled. I believe this lawsuit and related stories has been the top story at least four times. It has also been on page 1 numerous times. I wouldn't think any reasonable person would think we are trying to hide it.