MS-SEN: 2002 special election listed near top of ballot

I wrote a diary that went over this briefly yesterday.  However this is too important not to highlight again.  The way this dispute has broken down, you have the Democrats led by AG Jim Hood citing a 2000 state law that is very specific about where races go on the ballot but says nothing about special elections being placed at the bottom of the ballot, while Haley Barbour and his lackeys are claiming that the precedent is set for special elections to go at the bottom of the ballot.  A law that does not mention special elections specifically versus precendence is how the GOP is framing this.  Too bad for them their frame is not based on facts. (surpised? I did not think so)

Cross Posted at Cotton Mouth

I wrote about this yesterday in a post focused on the erroneous claims of a Sun Herald opinion piece. This information is not only worth repeating, but also more than worth it's own post. This information is the proof that special elections since 2002 have been placed with like elections on the general election ballot.

In 2002 we had three special elections on the ballot. Two of these were placed at the bottom of the ballot. These races were district attorney races, which there were none of on the sample ballot. However the third special election was for the Third District Court of Appeals. This election was placed in the section with the other races for the Court of Appeals, near the top of the ballot.

Link to 2002 ballot.

From page three of a twenty-three page ballot.

OFFICIAL SAMPLE BALLOT - September 9, 2002

Special Note (not to be printed on the ballot): Pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-979 (1972), the names of all candidates for Judicial office which appear on the ballot shall be listed in alphabetical order.

NONPARTISAN JUDICIAL ELECTIONS FOR SUPREME COURT JUDGE
District 2 (Southern)
Position One (VOTE FOR ONE)
Larry Buffington ............................. ( )
Jess Dickinson............................... ... ( )
Charles R. (Chuck) McRae............. ( )
........................................ ................... ( )

FOR COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE
First Court of Appeals District
Position Two (VOTE FOR ONE)
Ralph H. Doxey................................ ( )
Roger H. McMillin, Jr. ................... ( )
........................................ ................... ( )

FOR COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE
Second Court of Appeals District
Position One (VOTE FOR ONE)
Tyree Irving.................................. ( )
........................................ ...............( )

FOR COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE
Fourth Court of Appeals District
Position Two (VOTE FOR ONE)
Joe Lee ........................................ ...... ( )
........................................ ................... ( )

FOR COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE
Fifth Court of Appeals District
Position One (VOTE FOR ONE)
William H. (Bill) Myers ................... ( )
........................................ ................... ( )

SPECIAL ELECTION
FOR COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE
Third Court of Appeals District
Position Two (VOTE FOR ONE)
Jim Brantley ..................................... ( )
Kenny Griffis................................. ... ( )
........................................ ................... ( )

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Tags: 2008 elections, Delbert Hosemann, Haley Barbour, Jim Hood, Mississippi, MS-Sen, Roger Wicker, Ronnie Musgrove, Senate (all tags)

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This is really big y'all

Folks this is a big deal.  This election is going to be tight.  We can't afford to have this bS cost us a percentage of our vote due to confusion.  It is a desperate dirty GOP trick.

by Countificus 2008-09-15 08:35PM | 0 recs

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