Election commission schedules Sept. 15 runoff date

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 4:38pm

The Davidson County Election Commission voted on Thursday to hold Davidson County’s 2011 runoff on Thursday, Sept. 15. Metro’s general election is already set for Aug. 4, 42 days prior.

“We avoided Rosh Hashanah,” a few commissioners joked following the vote.

Four years ago, the commission made the mistake of scheduling the runoff on the traditional Jewish holiday, leading to a lawsuit from Nashville attorney George Barrett. Eventually, the commission changed the runoff date.

In Metro, runoffs play a critical role in election bids for both council and mayoral candidates.

To win in August, a candidate must net 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast; otherwise, the two candidates who receive the most votes square off in a runoff. A candidate for one of five at-large council seats must receive 10 percent of the aggregate number of votes cast for that office in August to avoid a runoff.

Also on Thursday, the election commission established early voting dates for the City of Lakewood’s referendum on whether to revoke its city charter.

Early voting for Lakewood citizens will take place from Feb. 28 to March 10 at the election commission’s offices on Second Avenue.

The Lakewood referendum is scheduled for March 15.