by John Hawkins | October 4, 2002 11:30 pm
This Is What Happens When You Make Up The Rules As You Go: Considering what the Florida State Supreme Court did in the 2000 election and what the New Jersey State Supreme Court just did in the NJ Senate race the following shouldn’t surprise anyone…
“Arguing that defeated Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney was the victim of a “malicious crossover” vote by Republicans, five DeKalb County voters asked a federal court Friday to throw out the results of the primary.
…The suit claims that black Democratic voters in the 4th District had their voting rights violated and interfered with by the crossover votes. It asks that those crossover votes be declared unconstitutional and invalid and that McKinney be declared the winner of the Democratic primary.
“The issue is that black Democratic voters in the 4th District had their voting rights interfered with and violated,” said Atlanta lawyer J.M. Raffauf, who represents the five black plaintiffs.
“Malicious crossover voting occurs when one party invades another party’s primary to sabotage that party’s choice of its own nominee for political office,” the lawsuit reads. “The Republican Party voters crossed over and affected the outcome” of the Democratic primary.
State officials pointed to the law Friday and said it was clear that Georgia voters can vote for whomever they want in the primaries; there are no restrictions on preferred political party affiliation.”
Sure the LAW may say that Republicans can vote for whoever they want in the primaries, but what difference does that make right? In Florida the Democrats wanted to count the same votes over and over until their guy won. In New Jersey, the Democrats want to be able to switch out their candidate for the Senate at their convenience based on nothing more than, “our guy is losing.” Asking the Georgia court to simply ignore the law and appoint their candidate the winner is just the next logical step. I sincerely hope the SCOTUS takes the New Jersey case and overrules the NJSC or we’re going to constantly see Democrats in court trying to get activist judges to subvert the law to help Democrats get elected.
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