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Woman To Decide Annexation With Lone Vote

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by Adam Ghassemi

THOMPSON'S STATION, Tenn. – Lauryl Pate Chalfin bought her home seven years ago. She is technically in Williamson County, but surrounded by State Route 840 and neighbors that are in Thompson's Station.

"I think it's just a valuable piece of property and I think it's a good location and it could grow with the area," Chalfin said.

That's why for the last year and a half she been trying to get annexed into the town. She's already presented her idea multiple times and it's been locally approved. The final step is a referendum where - per state law - she'll be the only person who can vote.

"It was a surprise to find out that I'm the only vote. So it was an interesting revelation, that's for sure," she joked Tuesday.

Williamson County Administrator of Elections Ann Beard says this isn't the first time it's happened, but it is rare. Rare enough she had to double check that they're handling everything according to state law.

"It's kind of an ironic thing. It's a lot to go through it appears for just this one person, but that's the way the General Assembly established this process therefore they and we have to go through what we're supposed to do," Beard said.

Chalfin says after the entire process there's no question which way she's leaning on this issue.

"Do you think Obama is going to vote against himself? Of course I'm going to vote yes," she said. "It's the law. It's the process you have to go through and I'm glad I did it. I am glad I did it."

Chalfin won't be the only person who can see the issue. Everyone else in her precinct will be able to see it on their ballot, but she will be the only person who can actually vote on it, according to Beard. The county is specially training workers at that precinct to make sure they understand the situation.

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