TBI investigating alleged irregularities in Bluff City election

Nick Shepherd • Jun 23, 2017 at 3:39 PM

An investigation has been opened into the recent election in Bluff City by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus requested the TBI investigation after receiving information on possible election irregularities during the May election. Residents of Bluff City took to the polls to choose members of the Bluff City Board of Mayor and Alderman.

"On June 19, I requested the TBI to conduct an investigation into the allegations," Staubus said. "When the investigation is complete, I will review it and determine what action needs to be taken."

Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher said his office referred the matter to Staubus.

“It is the policy of the Sullivan County Election Commission to refer all perceived or alleged allegations of criminal behavior related to an election to the district attorney,” Booher said. “The integrity of elections are held to the highest standard in Sullivan County. I am not at liberty to comment on any matter that has been referred to the district attorney.”

TBI Spokeswoman Leslie Earhart confirmed the investigation and said no further comment would be issued because the investigation is active and ongoing. No further information was available.

Staff Writer J.H.Osborne contributed to this report

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