Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


January 26, 2012

Motion filed in reapportionment suit

Jan. 26, 2012 — The Carter County Fiscal Court will be in Circuit February 6 for a default judgment motion.    

County GOP Chair Mignon Colley filed a civil suit against the county in October, over its refusal to adopt a plan to realign the county’s magisterial districts.  The Court took no action involving the suit, which led Colley to file for the default judgment.

In her suit, Colley maintains the court —Judge-Executive Charles Wallace and Magistrates Brad Brammell, Brandon Burton, Clarence “Sonny” Fankell, Ronnie Greenhill and Clifford “Sodbuster” Roe — “have failed and refused to redraw the districts so they are compact, contiguous and the population of each district is as nearly equal as reasonably possible,” as required by Kentucky law.

The suit stems from the court’s decision at its Sept. 13, 2011 meeting to reject a plan developed by a committee appointed to study reapportionment, as all counties are required to do every 10 years following the census. The committee’s plan would have added a sixth magisterial district.

In addition to rejecting the committee’s recommendation, the court refused to consider alternative proposals, including one by Brammell that would have kept the number of districts at five, but reshuffled voting precincts among some of them.

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