We were just informed about this ruling.....very, very strange indeed. This is completely without precedent. More info as we get it. Here is a presser we just issued:
Wednesday September 13, 2006
For Immediate Release:
Committee to Let the People Vote on Property Taxes
State Election Commission overturns a unanimous decision of the Davidson County Election Commission
The Tennessee State Election Commission has overturned a unanimous decision of the Davidson County Election Commission and years of precedent by ruling that a short, easily readable, one sentence summary of a charter amendment may NOT appear on the November Davidson County ballot.
This summary was to be for the Charter Amendment requiring a vote of the people of Davdison County on property tax rate increases. Only the full text of the amendment will appear.
Research by the Committee to Let the People Vote on Property Taxes was unable to find any previous charter amendment which did not have a short, easily readable summary on the ballot.
Ben Cunningham, spokesman for the group said, "Clearly this ruling is unprecedented. I can think of no good reason for such a ruling. Why the State Election Commission chose to overrule the local Davidson County Commission and change the rules now, and for this amendment, is a mystery. Even with this change, which will make finding the amendment on the ballot a bit more difficult, I am confident the people of Davidson County will still overwhelmingly seek out and vote FOR this amendment."