FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Tobaccoville councilwoman who was affected by a mishandled recount last November has asked the Forsyth County Board of Elections to reimburse her attorney fees, but the board does not plan to do so.
The elections board voted Tuesday night for its attorney, Lonnie Albright, to send Lori Shore-Smith a letter explaining his opinion that the board has no statutory authority to pay for attorney fees in that situation.
Shore-Smith said on Wednesday that she did not plan to fight the board’s decision. She said she understood that it is not a statutory requirement but thought after the mishandling of the recount that they would consider reimbursing her.
“It was an unnecessary expense,” Shore-Smith said. “Due to the mishandling of the recount, I hired an attorney.”