Upholding democracy, frivolous election challenge thrown out

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Chief Justice threw out a lawsuit backed by Jesse Jackson and funded by a partisan Massachusetts election monitoring group. The lawsuit claimed that Pres. Bush unfairly won Ohio due to some indescribable fraud by his supporters as this excerpt from this article indicates:

The complaint questioned how the actual results could show Bush winning when exit-poll interview findings on election night indicated that Kerry would win 52 percent of Ohio’s presidential vote.

Without listing specific evidence, the complaint alleges that 130,656 votes for Kerry and John Edwards in 36 counties were somehow switched to count for the Bush-Cheney ticket.

The Ohio chief justice ruled that

the request improperly challenged two separate election results. Ohio law only allows one race to be challenged in a single complaint

because it compared the presidential race results to a judicial race.

The Monk’s political affiliations are clear, just see my website (free plug!). But it is frightful to think that elections in the future will not end when the balloting is completed and counted due to spurious and UNsupported claims (as distinct from rampant fraud in the Ukraine) of voting problems by the losing candidate’s supporters.

The plaintiffs can refile their lawsuit, but by the time that happens, the Ohio vote will be certified and the electoral college results will be final.

Democracy by litigation is not democracy at all.

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