Cherokee County Commissioners Court controversy


POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:52am

Cherokee county is gearing up for the 2014 November elections. The only problem is that in Monday's Commissioners Court meeting, the Elections Administrator and the Republican Chair, disagreed on five judges listed on the ballot. 

The GOP. chair, Karen Morris, says those names on the ballot are listed as Republican Election Judges, but they are actually hard Democrats and swing voters. Morris said, "It's about a checks and balances system. I shouldn't have Democrats and swing voters in as Republican Election Judges". 

However the Elections Administrator, Shannon Cornelius, says Morris missed the deadline to submit her suggestions. Cornelius said, "I did take some of her names and put them on the empty spots that I had on mine. And yes there's controversy with that list, but you know I had to meet my deadline today". So she had to research the judges herself. Cornelius explained, "I just used the same judges that I always use, you know that's been working for us for years". 

Though it was not unanimous, the court ruled to accept the list "as is". The only commissioner against the decision was Katherine Pinotti from Precinct three. So now, both Cornelius and Morris must work together to fill in vacant spots. Morris said, "I'm not real thrilled with the outcome, but we will work together". While Cornelius said, "I just hope that we can get it fixed, you know on a friendly basis, so we can get this election done and move on".

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