Mercer County Commission candidate files for temporary restraining order

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Mercer County Commission candidate Ronnie Oakley filed for a temporary restraining order against several government officials.

The TRO would restrain West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, county clerk Verlin Moye and all Mercer County Commissioners from moving forward with the proposed 2020 General Election Ballot. Oakley claims the proposed ballot is a violation of the Constitution.

Yesterday, Mercer County Clerk Verlin Moye’s office allegedly held a ballot draw and posted the proposed ballot online. Following the Ballot Order Statute of 1991, the party whose candidate received the highest number of votes for president the previous election will have its candidates posted at the top of the list.

Earlier this month, Oakley says a state court ruling determined the statute to be unconstitutional and immediately issued relief to the statute. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued an injunction ordering West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner to establish a new way to determine the order that candidates appear on ballots before the Nov. 3 general election.

See more on the court case below:

Ronnie Oakley TRO Ronnie Oakley TRO Memorandum

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