What about the votes?

October 30, 2008
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The Indiana Court of Appeals is hearing arguments today in the Lake County early-voting satellite locations case, and as of this blog posting, hasn’t ruled on the issue.

It’s up in the air right now how the court may rule, but if it decides the Democrats on the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration opened these satellite sites without statutory authority, what’s going to happen to those early votes?

Will they still count? Will those voters be forced to come in on Election Day, adding to the lines and wait that the establishment of early-voting sites was supposed to ease? Just imagine the headaches a ruling invalidating the votes would create. If the judges do invalidate the votes because the election board didn’t follow statute, let that be a lesson to election boards around the state to always follow the law.

Is it possible for the appellate court to rule that the sites never should have been opened and still allow the votes to count?

And then, to throw another thought into the mix, there’s a good chance one party will appeal whatever the Court of Appeals decides. Can the case make it to the Supreme Court before Election Day? What would happen to those early votes if the Supreme Court decides to invalidate them after the election? The races that are extremely close could be decided by those early votes.

It creates quite a legal pickle, doesn’t it?
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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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