The Williamson County Election Commission can use the Brentwood Public Library as a polling place, according to a recent decision by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
The Williamson County election commission was denied use of city library for a polling place and initiated an action to have its rights under several election statutes declared. The trial court held that the statutes vested the election commission with the authority to designate polling places and that such authority must be exercised reasonably; the trial court also held that the city did not abuse its discretion in determining that the library was not a practicable location for use as a polling place on the dates requested and in failing to make the building available. The Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the trial court, and ruled that the election commission has the sole responsibility to designate polling places and that the city, through the library board, was required to make the library available for use as a polling place.
To read the ruling, please click on the link: Election Commission Opinion.