Washington Circuit Judge Larry Medlock vacated two orders to impound voting materials requested by William “Bill” Ackerman in his suit against Mayor-elect Justin Green.
Medlock also ordered Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller to return the keys to the materials to Washington County Circuit Clerk Stephanie Rockey.
The pre-trial conference which was set for Dec. 18 was rescheduled for January 16 at 3:30p after a request was made by Green.
Medlock noted that “the Clerk of Courts shall possess and maintain all election materials referenced in both Orders above, as the Washington County Clerk of Courts would normally maintain the materials during the ordinary course 0f business, including general maintenance on all equipment.”
In the original filing on Nov. 18, Ackerman’s suit required that Miller was required to impound and place in a secured location and provide for the protection of all ballots and electronic voting systems used in the Nov. 5 election.
Also, all tally sheets relating to the votes cast and all the poll lists of persons registered by the poll clerks that voted in the City of Salem general election on November 5.
In addition, Medlock originally required the actual MBB cards of Salem Districts 1-4 Electronic Voting Systems, Mayor-Elect Justin Green’s filings for election in 2019 and all keys of the County Clerk for the secured location.
Green was already sworn in as Mayor and plans to begin working on January 1.
The suit was filed after an issue was first brought up by Washington County Democratic Party Chairperson Briscoe at a press conference on Sept. 18 alleging Green, the Republican Candidate for Mayor didn’t live in Salem City Limits, despite him owning a home on Tucker Street in Salem.
Ackerman, who lost as the Democratic candidate for Mayor in the Nov. 5 election, filed the suit 13 days later.