District Attorney: Candidates breaking “Disclaimer Law” could be cited and charged


About half dozen or more candidates participating in the upcoming election in Carter County could be breaking the law if they are not following the disclaimer law. 

That law says anyone running for election must put a message on campaign signs stating who paid for it. District Attorney General Tony Clark says if that message is not affixed to campaign signs then candidates could face a misdemeanor charge. 

According to Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Tanner Harris, information on the Disclaimer Law was provided to all candidates.  

“All we do is give the information to the candidate and they take it from there,” Harris said.

News Channel 11 came across several signs without the disclaimer printed or posted on them. People in the community say candidates should know the laws and follow them. 

“I think if someone is going to be running for public office, they should be obeying all the laws,” Debbie Reeser said.

So far there has only been one complaint about the sings into the election commission office, still the county’s top prosecutor says if there is a complaint, he will look into.

“It is the law now enforcement of that is left up to those who enforce the law, we prosecute offenders of the law,” Clark said.

So who is responsible for enforcing the disclaimer law?  That falls on area law enforcement, like the sheriff’s office and police department. 

The district attorney says so far he has never had anyone in his district charged or cited for breaking this law. 

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