Sunday, July 12, 2020

Tennessee: Judge ends Jackson-Madison School Board recall

A Chancery Court Judge has held against the constitutionality of a recall effort against Jackson-Madison County School Board member Doris Black.

The Chancery Court Judge has previously stopped the recall effort, which was scheduled to begin early voting on November 20 and end on December 10. Previously, State Attorney General Herbert Slatery III had raised constitutional questions of Madison County's Recall law.

Slatery called into question the fact the state bill that approved the recall for Madison County only involves a "narrow population bracket" -- counties with populations between 98,200 and 98,300, which is only Madison -- as well as the severability provision (if part of the bill is found illegal, the rest can be severed and survive).

The recall is taking place just after Governor signed a law allowing recalls in the Madison County Board of Education members. There is no replacement race if Black is removed. It would be an appointment to fill the slot.

The recall effort seemed to be over her opposition to the Superintendent's 10-year plan, though there is now a different list of complaints.

In addition to Black, Chairman Kevin Alexander and Janice Hampton were both facing recall efforts.

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