Police: Shelbyville Man Faked Signatures For Council Bid
By Chris Conte
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - A Shelbyville man running for city council was charged with forging signatures of registered voters on his qualifying petition to get his name on the ballot.
"I've been administrator for five years and it has not come up in Bedford County before," said election administrator Summer Leverette on Tuesday.
A grand jury in Bedford County last week indicted 44-year-old Jimmy Neal Anderton with false entries on a registration or election document and he has been barred from seeking the position on the council.
Anderton reportedly told police he had hurt his ankle and simply ran out of time to get the required 25 signatures he needed. Election officials found 10 of them had been forged.
"They all looked the same and when we checked them in the computer system with signatures we had on file for those people it was totally different," Summer added.
Officials said Anderton didn't make up names, rather he forged signatures of other registered voters in his district.
"It is a felony that he's charged with. At first Mr. Anderton denied it, but later he confessed," explained Shelbyville Police Chief Austin Swing.
Anderton turned himself into police and posted a $3,000 bond.
"It's pretty much for certain you're going to get caught at least in my opinion if you try this," the Chief added.
NewsChannel 5 attempted to contact Anderton multiple times on Tuesday but he wasn't home.