Campaign to Pressure Davidson County Election Commission Is off, For Now


Some of the same people who collected the signatures for the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act are holding off on pressuring members of the Davidson County Election Commission.

As reported, The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum, if approved, would roll back Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 34 to 37 percent tax increase. As reported last month, the Nashville Election Commission voted three to two to neither approve nor reject the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. They instead passed the matter on to a chancery court to guide them on how to proceed, and also moved the “conditional” date of the election from December 5 to December 15.

Americans for Prosperity – Tennessee State Director Tori Venable told The Tennessee Star Friday that she and members of her organization had considered “lighting up phones and emails” but they will let attorney Jim Roberts file suit on behalf of Davidson County taxpayers.

“We still discussing possibly an email or phone call campaign, but we have not launched it yet. We wanted to see if we could take care of it through the courts first and make them do their one job and place it on the ballot,” Venable said.

“We haven’t ruled it out, but we haven’t moved forward with it either.”

Ben Cunningham of Tennessee Tax Revolt, meanwhile, said he has not involved himself in the fight for the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. But he also said that members of the Election Commission must do their job — and properly.

“It appears to me it is not the role of the Election Commission to determine whether or not the wordings of the Amendments are appropriate or Constitutional or legal. That is not their role. Their role is to put it on the ballot and let the will of the people be shown and, at that point, if someone thinks that it shouldn’t be there or wants to legally challenge it then they can do that at any time with any part of the charter. But it is certainly not the role of the election commission to determine what parts of the charter are valid or not valid. That is not their role,” Cunningham said.

“Their role is to get it presented to the people and let the people vote on it and then the legal process can unfold after that.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Tori Venable” by Tori Venable.






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