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Residents Vote To Surrender Lakewood's Charter

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LAKEWOOD, Tenn. - Residents in Lakewood have voted to surrender their charter and merge services with Metro-Nashville.

The Davidson County Election Commission said 458 voted to surrender Lakewood's charter. 447 voted against the charter proposal, with one provisional vote to be verified Wednesday.

Election officials said turn out was heavy. It was expected to match or exceed last year's turnout which was over 50 percent. 

It's the second vote in less than a year. In August, the vote was 400 to 399 in favor of dissolving the city.

But city officials challenged the results, and claimed 13 people voted illegally. They filed a lawsuit claiming voter fraud and other irregularities.

"You don't bring somebody in from another town that don't (sic) live here. They shouldn't be voting," said voter Billy Peacher.

A judge agreed and threw out the votes, but secret ballots are protected by law.  There was no way to tell how those votes affected the outcome.

Both sides agreed that holding another election would be the best remedy.

"It was a one vote difference last time.  People need to get out and vote.  It does make a difference," said voter Robert Sellers.

The election commission took extra steps to make this a fair election. Most of the people running it are election officers who have lots of experience. No one is from Lakewood.

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