State Law on Local Recall Elections Challenged in Chattanooga Court

Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth is expected to issue an order today delaying a hearing on the recall of Mayor Ron Littlefield just as candidates can begin picking up qualifying petitions, according to the Chattanooga TFP.
The delay was prompted by a new lawsuit in which the Hamilton County Election Commission is challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee’s recall statute.
“We need to resolve those issues,” Hollingsworth said.
Election commission attorney Chris Clem said Thursday he would like to see the recall statute thrown out and revamped because it specifically excepts Nashville/Davidson County.
Tennessee’s Constitution says that laws must apply equally across the state. The recall statute doesn’t, Clem said.
The state attorney general has 30 days to reply to the suit.
That moves the recall hearing, in which Littlefield is asking for a permanent injunction stopping the August election, to Feb. 10.
Qualifying opens today for people interested in running for mayor

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