Partisan Primaries Will Continue in Coffee County

vote4A resolution brought before the Coffee County Legislative Committee last month to change the county from partisan primaries has been stopped. The Coffee County Legislative Committee approved a motion recently not to send the resolution forward to the full Coffee County Commission for consideration.
A resolution creating nonpartisan county primaries would require a two-thirds vote by the full county commission in two consecutive meetings. After that requirement is met, the resolution would move forward to the state level for approval as a private act of the Tennessee General Assembly.
According to some officials, nonpartisan county elections would cost less to run. The May 2014 primary cost the county $59,250, according to Coffee County Administrator of Elections Vernita Davis. Of 31,622 registered voters at the time, only 6,083 voters participated in the primary elections. That equates to $9.74 per vote.