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Only the Independent Parties Followed the Rules?

Posted by IT Pilgrim on August 29, 2008

Only the independent parties followed the rules? What!? You have to be kidding. I found this article claiming that both the Republican and Democratic parties missed the deadlines to file for ballot access in Texas. Now, I think we all realize that whether it is true or not, they will not be held to the rules either way. Anyway, its still funny. How funny would it be to watch Bob Barr win Texas? Here’s an excerpt:

Section 192.031 of the Texas election code says that political parties must certify their presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the November ballot no later than 70 days before the general election. It says, “A political party is entitled to have the names of its nominees for president and vice-president placed on the ballot if before 5 p.m. of the 70th day before presidential election day, the party’s state chair signs and delivers to the secretary of state a written certification of the name’s of the party’s nominees for president and vice-president.”

This year, that deadline is August 26. UPDATE: At 2:30 pm Texas time, August 27, Kim Kizer of the Texas Secretary of State’s elections division says neither major party’s certification has been received in the Elections Division. The Executive Office of the Secretary of State refers all questions back to the Elections Division.

This year, neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party obeyed this law. See this link to the Secretary of State’s web page showing a blank for the Republicans and Democrats for president. It does show Bob Barr on the ballot; scroll down a little bit. If the Republicans have indeed filed, one wonders who they listed for vice-president, and why their filing is missing from the state web page.

That deadline had always been 60 days before the general election, until 2005, when for some reason the Texas legislature amended it to 70 days.

The Texas Secretary of State website did have blanks where Barack Obama and John McCain now reside, but they have since fixed it. It was funny while it lasted. Guess neither parties ever learned to play by playground rules, or perhaps, they think they’re above the law now? Will we ever give them the rude awakening every bully gets eventually? I for one, am not holding my breath.

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