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Tennessee Court of Appeals rules no new school board election in disputed Shelby County race


MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Tennessee Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court's order that had invalidated a 2012 school board election.

The lawsuit was filed after the Shelby County Commission failed to complete redistricting before the August 2012 election, causing people to vote in incorrect districts.

Kenneth Whalum, who lost the election by 108 votes to Kevin Woods, sued to have the election declared invalid. The Shelby County Chancery Court ruled in favor of Whalum last year and ordered a new election.

In a Tuesday ruling, the appeals court reversed that order, finding that Woods won the election, even taking into account the problem votes.

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