10:58am

Thu December 19, 2013
Politics

Maury Officials Refuse Request to Fund GOP Primary

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) β€” The Maury County Commission has voted to deny funding for a Republican primary next May.

Maury County Election Administrator Todd Baxter tells The Columbia Daily Herald that the election commission is now bound by state law to take the issue to court.

Baxter says the election commission could hold a special meeting to decide how to proceed.

Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins says state law requires county governments to cover the cost of all local election.

Baxter says it’s the first time Maury County officials have dealt with a request for a local primary.

Commissioners expressed concerns about the cost of a primary and the possibility of making local politics more divisive.