Candidate facing vote fraud allegations drops out of House District 57 race

Jeremy Hayes has withdrawn as a candidate for the GOP nomination in House District 57 – now held by Republican Rep. Susan Lynn — after becoming the subject of a vote fraud investigation involving contentions that he lived outside the district.

 From The Tennessean:

Hayes has been accused of voting in 2017 in Wilson County while actually living at a home in Davidson County, where a search warrant was executed in January by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Hayes’ attorney David Raybin called it an “honest mistake.”

District Attorney General Tommy Thompson will not prosecute the case further with the condition that Hayes drop out of the House race and remove his name as a voter in Wilson County.

… “The laws regarding residency can occasionally be complex,” Raybin said. “Mr. Hayes made an honest mistake. He believes his self-removal as a voter in Wilson County and withdrawal as a candidate rectifies his error.”

… Shortly after the TBI search, Hayes stated he believed the investigation was politically motivated and stated on social media the “TBI was weaponized for political purposes.”

Hayes has accused District 57 State Rep. incumbent Susan Lynn of spearheading the investigation.

Lynn did contact the state’s Division of Elections with questions about Hayes residency, the state representative said.

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