Judge Voids One-Vote Win in School Board Race

A judge on Friday tossed out the results of a Lebanon Special School District board race in August that was decided by one vote, reports The Tennessean.
Johnie Payton defeated incumbent Steve Jones 1,468-1,467 on Aug. 2 to win the seat on the three-member board.
Chancellor C.K. Smith voided that result and ordered the race added to the November ballot after Jones filed a lawsuit alleging not everyone eligible to vote in the board election had the race listed on their ballot.
“I had two or three people tell me they tried to vote and they couldn’t,” Jones said. “There could have been an easy mistake. We’ll see what happens in November.”
…Jones said the two are friends. Jones has been on the school board for 24 years. Payton is a retired Lebanon Special School District teacher.
“The chancellor felt honest mistakes could have been made, and this was the fair and right thing to do, but that there was no evidence of wrongdoing or fraud,” said Wilson County attorney Mike Jennings.

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