LITTLE ROCK — The state Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a complaint by a woman who claimed she was wrongly denied a spot on the November 2012 ballot as a candidate for Little Rock city director.
The high court said it would not overturn a Pulaski County circuit judge’s ruling against Kaitlin Lott because Lott’s appeal of the ruling was moot.
On Aug. 20, Little Rock’s city clerk rejected Lott’s petition for nomination as city director for Position 10 because the petition did not contain the signatures and addresses of at least 50 registered Little Rock voters. Lott filed a lawsuit on Aug. 23, alleging that her petition was valid and that the city clerk had wrongly rejected four signatures of qualified voters.
Lott said in the lawsuit that three of the signatures were rejected because the signers gave addresses that did not match the addresses on their voter registration and one was rejected because the signer did not give any address. She said she sent a letter to the city clerk on Aug. 21 containing documentation that all four signers were registered Little Rock voters.
After an Aug. 24 hearing, a circuit judge ruled against Lott, who then filed an appeal.
In its unanimous ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court said the case is moot because Lott did not seek expedited consideration, the election was decided months ago, and it is not possible at this time to grant the relief Lott sought — an order requiring the city clerk to certify her for the ballot.