L. J. Wilhoite, public power promoter, declared in a radio address the night before the election, “every type of vote padding and corruption ever conceived” has been used to defeat the bonds and citizens must help prevent theft of the election. Wilhoite would go on to be chairman and member of the Electric Power Board (EPB) from 1935-1960.
On the morning of the twelfth, the editor of the
, Lapsley G. Walker, had warned readers that the city of Chattanooga was at the "crossroads" and that it would go to the "right and private ownership" with "economic initiative" or the "left" with higher taxes, increased electric rates, and "socialism."
Despite cold rain and sleet on March 12th, 1935, a record voter turnout delivered the landslide decision of 19,056 to 8,096 in favor of funding bonds for the creation of public power