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New papers filed in Columbia Mayoral Election Case

Mayoral election update
  • County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin files motion for machines used in the November 4, 2015 election to be released to be serviced and used in the Tuesday, May 19, 2015 primary election.
  • Attorney for Ben Arnold files affidavits of irregularities the election, with voters affirming that they were city residents denied ballots or a county resident offered a city ballot.


by Ed Waggener
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Two new filings in the contested City of Columbia Mayoral Contest since the last update on the case, which is scheduled for a hearing before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 9amCT.

A check at the Adair County Circuit Court Clerk's office yesterday morning, Wednesday, February 4, 2015:

  1. Attorney Elmer George, counsel for plaintiff Ben Arnold, write-in candidate for City of Columbia Mayor, filed affidavits on Monday, January 28, 2015, by a sampling of eight voters citing irregularities in the voting process: Elvin Wright, Tina Johnson, Harold Warren, Angela Cowans, Starlett Johnson, William Burton, and Rose Burton, that they are registered voters in the City of Columbia and were not given a ballot to vote in the election. The eighth affidavit was from William Henson, who is not a resident of the City of Columbia, who was offered a ballot to vote in the election.
  2. The latest, on Monday, February 2, 2015, was a motion by Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin to release E-Scan and E-Slate machines, now being held with the write in ballots for the November 4, 2014 mayoral race. The county attorney states in her motion that the machines are scheduled for servicing on March 8, 2015 and that the primary election scheduled for May 19, 2015 cannot be held if the machines are not released. She also states, "The plaintiff has failed to complete proof as set by the court at the hearing December 22, 2015, which was for an additional 30 days," and "The plaintiff is not allowed a recount of the votes due to a recount of election pursuant to KRS 120.185. The recounts are required to be filed within ten (10 days after the day of election and this action was not filed until December 1, 2014."
The case awaits a possibly definitive ruling by Judge Vance at the Tuesday, February 10, 2015 hearing, scheduled sometime the 9am-10amCT hour - several other cases precede it - in Adair Circuit Court, Adair Couty Judicial Center, 201 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.

Sitting Mayor Curtis Hardwick is proceeding with confidence that November 4, 2015 election will stand as certified. Pliaintiff Ben Arnold is equally confident that Judge Judy Vance will find the election so flawed, that a new election will be ordered.


This story was posted on 2015-02-05 04:48:05
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