Just days before the qualifying deadline of April 5, Potential Sheriff candidate for the 2018 General Election, Anthony Lay, has revealed to followers he may be ineligible to qualify for the race.
On March 28, in a social media post, Lay confided to his supporters that he may not be eligible to run for the position of Scott County Sheriff. Lay expressed his sadness and thanked followers for their support thus far.
“I am very sad and disheartened to announce that I will more than likely not be running for Sherriff of my hometown, Scott County.”
According to the Scott County Election Commission, Administrator of Elections, Gabe Krahn, on March 27, the office received information from the Nashville Department of the Peace Officer Standards Training Commission(P.O.S.T.) that only incumbent Sherriff Ronnie Phillips would be qualified to run in the election of 2018. According to Lay the reason for the issue lies with the time he turned in his paperwork not being compatible with Nashville’s time requirements. Lay explained again on his Social Media post that he returned his paperwork to the P.O.S.T. Commission on time using the Gregorian Calendar, however, the deadline for his voter’s registration card fell short one day.
“When I calculated time on turning in my voter’s registration card I have fell a day short due to Nashville’s time to file calculation,” Lay stated. “I turned in a voter’s registration card on April 6, 2017 because the qualification deadline was April 5, 2018. When I calculated the time, it averaged 365 days, which is one year.”
According to the Commission, the card should have been returned by noon on April 5, 2017, leaving Lay just one day shy of qualification. With such a slim window, Lay has sought the opinions and assistance of skilled attorneys to assist him with reporting again to his supporters on social media. “This is an issue so close to call that filing paperwork to a court might overturn,” Lay said.
In addition to the support of attorneys, Lay has found the opinion of an Attorney General to be in his favor. According to him, the opinion 17-36 filed on August 30, 2017, summates that a candidate does not have to be a registered voter of the county to run for Sheriff, but rather meet all the guidelines to vote. Lay believes he meets all the guidelines and has gathered support from citizens of the county to verify his residency.
“We have attorney filed affidavits from citizens of Scott County that helped me move into my current residence in Scott County over one year ago,” Lay said. “I have returned them to the P.O.S.T. Commission this afternoon.”
Moving forward Lay plans to pursue any action necessary to be a candidate in the race and hopes the P.O.S.T. Commission will do the “right thing.” It is unclear when a decision will be made, but according to the Election Commission, Lay will be eligible to run as a write-in candidate at the minimum.