Lineweaver Strikes Again 

Council member Vic Lineweaver isn’t known as the sharpest tool in the Metro shed. Last spring, he tried to sweet-talk Daniel Prentice, a prospective opponent, out of the August election by promising him a city commission appointment if he didn’t run. Unfortunately for Lineweaver, Prentice slyly taped the call and released it to The Tennessean.

Prentice ultimately didn’t run anyway, and Lineweaver recovered rather nicely from his public blunder to prevail in the election over write-in candidate Walter Pritchett. But that wasn’t good enough for the Council member from Bellevue.

Metro Election Commission officials say that after last month’s election, Lineweaver asked to see voters’ individual ballot applications, which indicate who requested a paper ballot. By this move, Lineweaver can essentially deduce which of his constituents voted for Pritchett. Pritchett entered the race too late for his name to go on the machine ballot. So his supporters had to ask for a paper ballot to record their vote.

Lineweaver denied to the Scene that he asked for the ballot applications. But Election Commission director Michael McDonald says he did. McDonald isn’tsure whether he will comply, worrying that it’s “illegal or unethical for an election official to release voter information that would compromise the secrecy of the ballot....”

His constituents might legitimately wonder why Lineweaver wants the list.

“Is he putting together a list of people he won’t help?” asks Steven Nathan, a supporter of Pritchett who lives across the street from Lineweaver. “If this isn’t illegal it should be. This is America.”


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