Lawsuit filed over Martin mayoral race
A lawsuit was filed this week in Floyd Circuit Court by Martin Mayor Thomasine Robinson, asking for a recount of the recent city of Martin mayoral race. According to the lawsuit, which was filed last Friday, Robinson is seeking an recount in the 2012 mayorâ€™s race in which she lost to challenger Sam Howell by a margin of three votes. The initial margin was five votes, but a recanvass held last week, Robinson picked up two previously uncounted absentee ballots, which brought the total to 161 for Howell to 158 for Robinson.
In the legal complaint filed by Robinsonâ€™s attorney, Douglas McSwain, the petition states that there were several â€œirregularitiesâ€ which occurred in Martin precincts, including improper assistance, improper coding of city voters, voting by persons not resident to the city of Martin, and a failure on the part of election officials to respond to voter challenges.