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Smiths Station begins election process

The Smiths Station Council will consider a resolution to establish the use of electronic vote counting devices at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

But that will be just one step in the process of electing its third council on Aug. 26.

The council will make a notice of election on July 1, after which a period for qualifying will occur.

City Clerk Jerry Bentley said Smiths Station currently has a moratorium on annexations in place "because they can't get approved by the Department of Justice in time for the election."

It typically takes 60 days after an annexation to get U.S. Justice Department approval. Bentley said the city did not want to confuse voters so it decided to have a moratorium.

"If we get any requests we just hold them until the election is final," Bentley said. "Once the election is final then we put them on the agenda."

The city will have its runoff election on Oct. 7, 2008.

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