Pine Bluff Mayor Plans To Sue Election Commission

Pine Bluff Mayor Plans To Sue Election Commission

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth will file a lawsuit Monday against the Jefferson County Election Commission.
PINE BLUFF, AR -- The Pine Bluff mayor plans to file a lawsuit against the Election Commission.

Tonight, a majority of election commissioners voted to hold a city election -- including for the mayor's office -- two years earlier because of a population change.

Pine Bluff's population shifted from more than 50,000 to under 50,000 and according to Pine Bluff's Former Mayor Carl Redus, law states that means the city qualifies for a mid-term election.

But, in a letter from the county's prosecuting attorney, he states the law does not specify changing the election date when there's a population decrease.

Regardless, a majority of Jefferson County Election Commissioners voted to hold a city election this year anyway.

Current Mayor Debe Hollingsworth says she plans to fight that decision and file a lawsuit against the Election Commission first thing Monday.

She said, "They have decided not to adhere to the advice of their own legal counsel so that's very surprising and I'm wondering who will be representing them when a lawsuit occurs."

Former Mayor Carl Redus filed for mayor for the 2014 election.

He's the only one and the deadline to file is already up.

It should also be noted that the Jefferson County Election Chairman -- who voted in favor of the mid-term election -- worked as Redus' chief of staff.

The same issue of a city mid-term election came up in 2012 and back then, a judge voted against it.

Only time will tell what happens now, but as it stands the mayor's office along with two others, that were scheduled to be up in 2016, will be on the 2014 ballot.

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