Pigeon Forge group sues election commission over liquor vote

Pigeon Forge group sues election commission over liquor vote

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Prior to the election, there were plenty of signs posted both for and against the liquor measure. Prior to the election, there were plenty of signs posted both for and against the liquor measure.

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - A group in Pigeon Forge is suing the Sevier County Election Commission and election officials and is seeking to void the results of the Nov. 6 liquor referendum vote.

The referendum, which would allow businesses to serve liquor by the drink, passed by a narrow 100 votes in the election.

The group, Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge, filed suit in Sevier County Court.

Liquor Vote Lawsuit

The lawsuit claims that a number of Sevier County residents who did not live within Pigeon Forge city limits voted on the referendum and also that a number of Pigeon Forge residents were not able to vote on the measure.

The group claimed in the complaint that 303 improper votes were cast on the referendum.

The complaint lists a number of examples of new voters registered right before the election, including voters registered as living at tattoo parlors, a pancake house, restaurants, and other commercial properties.

"There exists an incurable uncertainty regarding the number of votes cast for and against the referendum," the lawsuit states.

The group is requesting that the results of the referendum vote be voided.

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