Election law violation leads to arrest

Apr. 25, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

While Thursday opened up voting for the 2014 Primary Election in Rutherford County, the first day was hampered with a complaint … and, subsequently, an arrest.

On Friday, Keith Hunter, Jr. was arrested by Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with an election law violation.

According to Debbie Bedford, Rutherford County Director of Elections, an individual outside the Board of Elections office in Spindale was handing out sample ballots to voters with the name of Amanda Davis — a Republican seeking the nomination for Clerk of Court — blacked out.

“I was called a little after noon and someone reported to Amanda Davis that someone was handing out images of sample ballots with her name marked off it and said she dropped out of the race,” Bedford said.

The issue was that Davis has never indicated she was dropping out of the race, making the sample ballots inaccurate.

“I’m very concerned,” Davis said. “I was voter No. 173 and I know the ballots were taken just shortly before I arrived. That leaves a lot of voters who were told something that wasn’t true.”