For the second time in seven months, citizens of the City of Lakewood Tuesday night narrowly voted to surrender the city charter and dissolve fully into Metro government.
Unofficially, 458 Lakewood residents voted to give up the city’s charter, with 447 voting against the referendum measure, according to Davidson County Elections Administrator Albert Tieche. He said the numbers include early, absentee and Election Day voting.
Turnout and the 11-vote difference were both larger than the 400-399 vote that resulted from the same referendum in August. Those results were called into questions after several voting irregularities surfaced, prompting the City of Lakewood to file suit. Last night’s election was scheduled as a re-do.
A group known as “Citizens to Reform Lakewood” collected petition signatures to hold the election, arguing the satellite city in eastern Davidson County has decaying infrastructure and lacks revenue to make improvements.
The election commission must still certify the new numbers for the outcome to become official.