Tompkinsville Mayor Lawsuit

A lawsuit could have a lasting impact on how elections are handled across Kentucky. If you live in Tompkinsville, Ky., you'll have to wait at least two more weeks before you find out who your mayor is going to be.

Former Monroe Sheriff Bev McClendon won the November election over Jerry Hodges by one vote. Election officials recounted the votes but the outcome of the race didn't change.
That's when Hodges filed a lawsuit in Monroe Circuit Court.

The suit claims the number of votes cast in the race for mayor was more than the number of registered voters living in Tompkinsville. According to Hodge's Attorney, David Cross, voters outside the city limits were allowed to vote for Tompkinsville mayor. Cross said his client is also concerned about the number of absentee votes cast in the election.

McClendon received more absentee votes than any of the other candidates combined, but McClendon's Attorney, Daniel Taylor, said the allegations are false.

The trial began Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, and Hodges' case has been the only one heard. The court will reconvene on Jan. 17, 2007.