TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 28, 2014

The Dickson County Election Commission must put Blake Kruse on the August 2014 ballot as candidate for General Sessions Judge, a Davidson County Chancery Court has ruled. Election officials refused to approve Kruse’s name on the ballot after he did not sign a section of his qualifying paperwork required to prove he’s a licensed lawyer. He was alerted to the oversight five minutes before the noon April 3 qualifying deadline, at which point he said he faxed his signature to the election office. In a lawsuit Kruse filed to prevent Elections Coordinator Mark Goins from “interfering,” Kruse claimed election staff OK'd the faxed material at first, but called back later and told him they needed an original copy of his signature. In its order, the court ruled that Kruse’s noncompliance was excused since he was misled by a mistake of an election official, and that his name should be added to the ballot. The Tennessean has more.