Wednesday, July 05, 2006

In Maryland its Vote Early and Often

2006 is one of the most important election years in Maryland history. In this solid blue state, Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich faces a toss up challenge from the socialist Mayor of Baltimore, Martin O'Malley. Senator Paul Sarbanes is retiring after a million years, and Michael Steele has an excellent chance to put his seat into the Republican column for the first time in decades. Also, there is a reasonable chance for us to pick up several seats in the legislature and break the socialist's veto proof majorities in both Houses. There is also the open seat in the third Congressional district that is being vacated by the arch-liberal Ben Cardin who is running for Senate.

The anti-American party realizes that even in Maryland their message is not resonating at the polls so the liberal scum have turned to plan B. During the 2005 legislative session, the rats passed a bill to provide funding for early voting polls in places such as old age homes, colleges,ett. This is despite the fact that we have absentee ballots for this very purpose. So why would they demand this?

Well, for years Maryland, and Baltimore in particular have been notorious for their high turnout of graveyard and fraudulent voters. In line with the national statistics, these voters always seem to favor one party 100-0. This incontrovertibly cost Republican Ellen Saurbrey the governorship in 1994. The Democrats are therefore planning to replicate their voter fraud machine this year by creating these early voting polls that are impossible to monitor for fraud. By vociferously shoving this through the legislature and overriding the Governor's veto, they have ostensibly admitted that these polls will favor the Democrats. Hey, do they know something that we don't?

The Republicans quickly began a petition drive organized by Marylanders for Fair Elections to place this bill as a referendum on the Nov. ballot. Needless to say it was overwhelmingly popular even with Democrats and would have overwhelmingly won in Nov. The Democrats sprang into action and placed unreal expectations and requirements on the petition drive. The Baltimore Sun reports:

At issue are two measures adopted by the legislature. One, passed in 2005,
sanctions early voting. The governor vetoed the bill, but the Assembly overrode
him this year. The other measure, adopted this year, names polling sites and
other requirements for early voting.

The petition gatherers fell 138 signatures short in meeting a May 31
preliminary deadline on the first measure, and produced enough initial
signatures for the second.
Friday was also the deadline for Marylanders for
Fair Elections to submit the remaining signatures -- or 51,185 names of
registered voters needed to place the issue on the November ballot. Those
signatures now go to local elections boards which will verify that they
represent registered voters and that petitioners followed legal guidelines in
collect ing them.
Despite falling short on one of the drives, Roskelly said
Friday he was pushing ahead on both measures. He said that the group submitted
more than 240,000 signatures Friday -- more than enough to achieve its goal.

Thats right. They gathered four times the official requirement but the election board claims that they came up 138 signatures short because they didn't submit the first third (17,062) by the first deadline. Aside from the fact that there is no precedent to require two phases, the facts are that they did gather enough signatures even for the first deadline. An Annapolis paper explains:

"It takes the signatures of 3 percent of registered voters - a little more than
51,000 people - to get a referendum on the ballot Administrator Linda H. Lamone
said earlier this month that Marylanders for Fair Elections fell 138 votes short
of the 17,062 required to be filed by May 31, a number that would have given
them an extra month to collect the rest.The group collected 20,221 signatures,
but 3,159 of them were rejected as invalid. The group says that's because of
problems with the state voter database."

Needless to say, the Republicans filed a lawsuit against the Board of Elections for suspiciously disqualifying numerous signatures. But the Democrat judge cited an obscure rule that the lawsuit must be filed within 10 days. The article continues:

"Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner didn't address the merits of the
arguments by Marylanders for Fair Elections, the group that's seeking to have
thousands of rejected petition signatures sent back to county election boards
for review Hackner said the lawsuit needed to be filed within 10 days of
the state's rejection of the petition."

MFE is not finished and plans to appeal this as far as possible. There is no way for a Republican to win a statewide election with these "early voting places". Its just ironic how careful the Democrats are at blocking the will of the people to prevent their fraud! It makes you wonder how many elections we lose each cycle due to voter fraud?

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