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Ben Arnold clarifies Mayoral Election Petition

Comment about: Motion Hour, City for Columbia Mayoral Election Case, set for Mon 22 Dec 2014

By Ben Arnold
Personal Commentary

It appears there may be some misunderstandings concerning the recently filed Petition to Contest the Results of the 2014 Columbia Mayoral Election. It is important to distinguish what the Petition is and what it is not. The petition is not a lawsuit against anyone. Although some aspects of a standard lawsuit and a petition are similar, they different greatly in many respects. Our attorney, Elmer George, said the four Respondents listed in the Petition are required as formal notifications by law. They have the right to respond should they choose and/or they may be affected in some way should the election be set aside. There are no reasons to believe the Mayor/City Government or the other candidates did anything incorrectly. They were just listed as required by the process.

A petition is "A formally drawn request to one in authority or power asking for an action, in this case for the Court to evaluate the Mayoral election on voter rights. Many voters are unhappy with this election. Our Constitutional right to vote is fundamental to our exceptional country and rights as citizens, both at the national and local level. I supported this action only after much encouragement from voters and after reviewing the voting records as best I could. It was clear to me that many irregularities occurred and that many potential voters were not able to vote. These taken in total suggest the will of the voters may not have been determined with certainty. We are asking for the Court to review the election for voter irregularities and to decide if the rights of the voters are better served by a new election. - Ben Arnold



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