Wednesday, June 18, 2014

No-no, Thad: ILLEGAL for Democrats to vote in MS GOP primary runoff!

“It is shameful that some in the Republican party would stoop to such a level of courting the Democrat vote in a Republican primary.” ~ Sen. Philip Gandy of Waynesboro
Are some in Mississippi attempting to break the law to save Thad Cochran's reelection? Unfortunately, it appears so, as more allegations arise that the so-called Republican incumbent is courting Democratic voters to participate in next week's Republican primary runoff! Talk about desperation...and ILLEGAL to boot, says a former DoJ attorney...
Breitbart: Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is appealing to Democratic voters to cross party lines and vote in an upcoming runoff election against his conservative challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel. But a noted election law expert says that may be illegal.

J. Christian Adams, a former Civil Rights Division attorney at the Department of Justice with experience litigating election law cases in Mississippi, said a law there prevents people from voting in the primary for candidates they don't plan to support in the general election. ...

The Mississippi law Adams cites, MS Code 23-15-575, states: “No person shall be eligible to participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in which he participates.”

“Mississippi law prohibits Democrats from voting in a Republican primary,” Adams said in an emailed statement. “Obviously poll workers aren’t mind readers. But if someone doesn’t intend to support the nominee in November, then that person isn’t allowed to vote in the Republican primary.”

In addition, the state Democratic Party sued Gov. Haley Barbour and others in the mid-2000s regarding just that matter—prompting United States District Judge W. Allen Pepper to write in a June 8, 2007, opinion that it is the responsibility and right of the political party holding a primary election to ensure that the elections are fair and legal. In the case of a Republican primary and runoff, only Republicans vote, and in the case of a Democrat primary and runoff, only Democrats vote—and it is the role of the political parties to ensure that process is handled correctly.

The Supreme Court determined in a 2005 case that the First Amendment “protects the right of political parties to associate with fellow members and disassociate with non-members,” Judge Pepper wrote in his opinion. So technically it’s the party’s responsibility—i.e., in this case, state GOP chairman Joe Nosef’s responsibility—to protect GOP voters’ First Amendment rights by working to keep Democrats from voting in the GOP primary runoff. ...

Nosef hasn’t responded to a request for comment on the matter from Breitbart News.

A group of conservative state senators who support Cochran’s primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, are demanding that Nosef intervene to keep this practice from happening. ...

Their calls come largely in response to reports Tuesday from allegations by Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole that a super PAC backing Cochran is routing money to Democratic operatives for get out the vote activities.
For Mississippi Republican voters who still desire a seventh term for Thad Cochran, I've just got one question for you after this revelation: WHY?

Related link: Mississippi Political Elites Can't Believe Voters Turning Against 'King of Pork' Cochran

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