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New problems for Randolph Co. School Board member

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CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) -

A ruling by a Superior court judge in Randolph County has created new problems for an embattled school board member.

Two years ago Henry Cook was removed as school board chairman at the same time the school superintendent was ousted from his job.

Cook is still on the board, but a recent ruling in favor of the Board of Registrars office says Cook is not a registered voter in the County because he doesn't live there.

Subpoenas show he lives in Dothan Alabama. The school system's lawyer says this is grounds for him lose his seat on the board.

"Of course the significance of that is Mr. Cook had been elected to public office and has held public office for a good while in Randolph County, but the law says you cannot be a public official and not be a registered voter so it's a pretty profound and far reaching decision," said Tommy Coleman, Randolph Co. Schools Attorney.

Cook has been at odds with a majority of board members for years.

Being removed from the list of registered voters could pave the way for his removal from the board.

If he appeals the decision, that will hold up that process. We called Cook's attorney for comment after business hours and were unable to reach him.

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