Recall group headed back to court
Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A month after Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth struck down the recall efforts, a motion to appeal that ruling has been filed.
Mayor Littlefield's attorney Harold North tells Channel 3 Eyewitness News that this motion doesn't appear to have enough weight to warrant another court battle.
"We don't think the motion has legal basis. We think the judge will deny the motion," says North.
In this motion, recall group leader Jim Folkner states the Supreme Court doesn't allow judges to block voting efforts.
Littlefield's attorney says there isn't much of an argument because there aren't enough valid signatures. that's why the judge dismissed the recall originally.
Folkner says he thinks the mayor is using technicalities to delay the process.
"For an election official to just file court briefs and try to hold on to power to stop an election process, is not generally a valid reason to stop an election," says Folkner.
According to the Hamilton County Election Commission, it costs anywhere from .20 to .25 to print election ballots.
With over 200,000 registered voters in Hamilton County, that's equals about $50,000.
If this recall were to make the November ballot, that would be over $100,000 that falls on the taxpayer.
Charlotte Mullis-Morgan with the Election Commission says she isn't sure this recall can make the November ballot.
"We start early voting next week and the ballot is already and there is no way to have anything on the November ballot," says Morgan.
If the judge rules in favor of the recall group, it most likely will have to go to a special election.
If that doesn't happen, the group may file another recall petition.
The appeal hearing is set for October 18th.