In the Courts

Tracey E. George et al v. Haslam et al

November 7, 2014:  Planned Parenthood board chair, Tracey E. George and other Planned Parenthood board members file a federal lawsuit claiming that voter rights were violated and that ballots were not accurately counted in the November 4, 2014 election.  The suit asks for a recount of the votes or to nullify the results. 

Yes on 1 responded and called the lawsuit one more example of pro-abortion activists refusing to trust the "common sense and compassion" of Tennesseans who voted to approve Amendment 1 on November 4.

"Amendment 1 was passed with a decisive majority of Tennesseans casting a vote to approve the language," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life and a coordinator for Yes on 1.  "Even if you wrongly discount those who may have voted for Amendment 1 but not in the Governor's race, there is still a margin of almost 20,000 votes in favor of the amendment."

"Rather than accept defeat, Planned Parenthood and the nation's pro-abortion movement are willing to disenfranchise Tennessee voters in order to ensure that Tennessee remains an abortion destination with uninspected, unlicensed abortion facilities," said Harris.  "That was unacceptable on election day and it remains so days after the passage of Amendment 1."

Plaintiffs: Tracey E. George, Teresa M. Halloran, Meryl Rice, Mary Howard Hayes, Kenneth T. Whalum, Jr., Jan Liff, Ellen Wright Clayton, & Deborah Webster-Clair

Defendants: William E. Haslam, Governor, Tre Hargett, Secretary of State, Mark Goins, Commissioner of Elections, and the Election Commission of Tennessee

Judge: Kevin Sharp

Status: Open Case No. 3:14-cv-02182, Trial Date April 5, 2016

Legal Documents:

Tracey E. George et al v. Haslam et al complaint


December 11, 2014: State of Tennessee Attorney General files motion to dismiss.

July 1, 2015: Judge Kevin Sharp refuses to dismiss law suit.

September 4, 2015: Plaintiff's attorneys subpoena Yes on 1 Ballot Committee & other organizations involved in support of Amendment 1.

February 17, 2016: Judge Kevin Sharp announces that trial date delayed to April 5, 2016.


Tre Hargett & Mark Goins v. Tracey E George et al

September 1, 2015: Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections, Mark Goins file a lawsuit in Williamson County Chancery Court seeking to declare that the manner in which the state tabulates votes for constitutional amendments is correct under the applicable provisions of the Tennessee Constitution.

Plaintiffs: Tre Hargett, Secretary of State and Mark Goins, Coordinator of Elections

Defendants: Planned Parenthood Board Chair, Tracey E. George, Ellen Wright Clayton, Deborah Webster-Clair, Kenneth T. Whalum, Jr., Meryl Rice, Jan Liff, Teresa M. Halloran, and Mary Howard Hayes

Judge: Michael W. Binkley

Status: Open Case No. 44460


October 30, 2015: Defendants led by Planned Parenthood Board Chair, Tracey E. George, argue in court for their motion to dismiss the law suit.

December 9, 2015: Judge Michael Binkley denies motion to dismiss law suit.

Media Coverage: Fight over TN abortion measure continues in two courts - The Tennessean, December 29, 2015.

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