Former Montgomery mayoral candidate files lawsuit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Montgomery mayoral candidate is seeking $20 million in damages from the city's election center for allegedly discriminating against young candidates during the recent qualifying period.

The 29-year-old would-be candidate, Willie D. Knight, filed the complaint after all three candidates younger than 30 were disqualified for not having the required 340 signatures on their petition to be on the ballot.

They center found many of the names on the petitions were not registered voters in Montgomery or had not updated their addresses.

Knight alleges that the election center staff members were negligent when they discredited certain petitioners, claiming some voted in the November general election.

Elections Director Trey Granger said the petitioners' name and address must match information in their system.

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