March 21, 2014

Murray qualifying not yet over

From Staff Reports

— Murray County will have to reopen its qualifying for the May 20 primaries for the Board of Education.

Additional qualifying will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the elections office in the courthouse annex and on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

According to a press release from Chief Registrar Larry Sampson, outdated maps resulted in two candidates qualifying in the wrong districts during qualifying earlier this month.

The press release said that in 2012 the Board of Education requested that the General Assembly adjust the district lines. The General Assembly approved those new lines, and a county mapping technologist was supposed to transmit them to an Internet mapping service.

“This information was given to the appropriate office in the courthouse for transmission to the Internet mapping service,” the press release said. “One of two things happened and it is not clear which. The first possibility is that the information was not sent or failed in transmission. The person responsible for that is no longer with the county. The other possibility is that the company did not act on the new updates when they received them. The end result is that an outdated map was unknowingly used during qualifying.”

After discovering the error, the elections office received a Superior Court order to reopen qualification.

The following individuals qualified during the initial qualifying:

• District 5: Incumbent Robbie Moore and Frank Loyd qualified for the Republican primary.

• District 6: David Long and incumbent Brenda Sandlin qualified as Republicans.

• District 7, At Large: Incumbent Jackie Rogers qualified for the Republican primary. Tim Howard qualified as a Democrat.