The Cedar Bluff Town Council met in special session Tuesday for declaration of possible mishandling of absentee ballots.

Mayor Martha Baker told the standing room only crowd that the matter had been referred to the appropriate state agencies for review.

During the meeting the Town Council accepted the vote of the municipal election, and certified it as the official vote of the Town of Cedar Bluff.

As it now stands, Ethel Sprouse and Steve Lay will be in a run-off for the post of Mayor, on October 7th.

Jimmy Wallace, who placed third in the Mayor’s race – coming in just 16 votes behind Lay and 41 votes behind first place finisher Sprouse – said he has plans to contest the vote based on the handling of the 31 absentee ballots.

He is represented by Centre attorney Shane Givens, who stated his intention to file the official motion for preliminary injunction/temporary restraining order – Wednesday – in the Circuit Court of Cherokee County.

The plaintiff’s contend that the improper handling of those absentee ballots permitted a convicted felon to vote, along with a person suffering from alzheimizer’s who doesn’t know who they are, as well as many other irregularities.


They further contend that the absentee ballots in question could well change the turn out within the Mayoral Race and two districts in the Town Council race