October 18, 2008
We grimaced when the Ohio Secretary of State appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but guess what. The Court had little trouble reversing the bizarre 6th Circuit decision that would have set up Ohio for a repeat of 2004. At least 200,000 Ohio voters would have been challenged and forced to vote a provisional ballot that would never be counted. But the Court did the right thing and gave hope to all of us that this election "might" be conducted fairly. Meanwhile, the Ohio GOP has now taken the fight to the Ohio Supreme Court. Briefs due next Friday.
More good news--this time from Wisconsin's Government Accountabililty Board (GAB). "In the opinion of the GAB is the fact of a HAVA mismatch sufficient grounds to disqualify an elector...the Board's answer is an unqualified no." And, it gets better. "A mismatch is not sufficient grounds for a challenge." Sigh of relief.
Don't drink the good stuff yet because the Van Hollen case is still pending. But the weekend will be more fun.
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Hey! Don't you be messing with my Voting Rights!
I know we can't legally impeach campaign chairs for Presidential Candidates, but we certainly expect more from our elected officials - especially those elected as Attorneys General to enforce our laws and protect our rights.
And so it is that we perhaps now need an additional exercise of our Voting Rights by demanding a special election for purpose of recalling WI Attorney General Van Hollen. It's time to show him and his partisan buddies just who is boss, namely the very people whom they wish to disenfranchise through their ignoble efforts.
-Jeff Pieterick | Waterloo, WI | October 18, 2008