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Voters file suit to invalidate Mckinney election. (Dems at it again)
Fox News | 10-4-02 | Fox News

Posted on 10/06/2002 1:39:42 PM PDT by raybbr

Friday, October 04, 2002

ATLANTA — Arguing that defeated Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney was the victim of a "malicious crossover" vote by Republicans, five DeKalb County voters asked a federal court Friday to throw out the results of the primary.

Democrat McKinney lost her bid for re-election to former Judge Denise Majette by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin on August 20. Majette faces Republican Cynthia Van Auken in November, but is expected to win in this heavily black Democratic district.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta and names as defendants, among others, Secretary of State Cathy Cox, the DeKalb and Gwinnett County elections supervisors and Majette.

The state of Georgia does not require voters to register by party and allows them to vote in the primary of their choice. Nevertheless, McKinney, who is black, is blaming Republicans for jumping the political aisle in droves to help her Democratic opponent, who is also black, to oust her.

The suit claims that black Democratic voters in the 4th District had their voting rights violated and interfered with by the crossover votes. It asks that those crossover votes be declared unconstitutional and invalid and that McKinney be declared the winner of the Democratic primary.

"The issue is that black Democratic voters in the 4th District had their voting rights interfered with and violated," said Atlanta lawyer J.M. Raffauf, who represents the five black plaintiffs.

"Malicious crossover voting occurs when one party invades another party's primary to sabotage that party's choice of its own nominee for political office," the lawsuit reads. "The Republican Party voters crossed over and affected the outcome" of the Democratic primary.

State officials pointed to the law Friday and said it was clear that Georgia voters can vote for whomever they want in the primaries; there are no restrictions on preferred political party affiliation.

"I am simply unaware of any provision of law that prohibits voters from making a choice as to which party primary they will participate in," said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for the secretary of state.

Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat, said Georgia's law "is crystal clear in its guarantee that a voter can walk into a polling place on primary election day and choose a ballot for which ever political party he or she chooses."

He added, "Georgia's open primary system has withstood previous legal challenges and I will vigorously defend the Aug. 20 election results."

Critics say that McKinney's loss was her own doing. During her five terms in office, she has often garnered national headlines for controversial comments, while generating criticism that she's lost touch with Georgia voters.

This year, she had accused President Bush of ignoring warnings of the Sept. 11 attacks because friends in the defense industry would profit from a war. She scolded former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for returning a Saudi prince's donation for Sept. 11 victims when the prince blamed U.S. Mideast policy for the attack, and then proceeded to ask the prince for the money to give to poor black neighborhoods.

McKinney has blamed outside Jewish organizations for funneling money to her opponent in response to the congresswoman's Palestinian support in the Israeli-Palestinian Middle East crisis.

Her father, a state legislator who was vocal in his opinion that Jews had ruined his daughter's re-election, was also defeated in his own re-election Sept. 10.

Raffauf said he recently talked with McKinney and that she approves of the lawsuit.

Since her defeat, the Green Party has courted McKinney to join them and seek that party's presidential nomination in 2004.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: electionstealing; mckinney
The Democrats are at it again. They can't accept loss.
1 posted on 10/06/2002 1:39:42 PM PDT by raybbr
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2 posted on 10/06/2002 1:41:56 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: raybbr
Bookmark this story for use every time someone complains that the Republicans can't win elections except in court.
3 posted on 10/06/2002 1:43:42 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: raybbr
I say good timing, gives the pubbie pundants something else to point out when talking of the dems trying steal elections using the judiciary.
4 posted on 10/06/2002 1:44:35 PM PDT by Naplm
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To: raybbr
But, but, what about the rights of the voters!!!

Every voter should count was proclaimed until I puked in 2000

Are these dimocrats saying these people vote should not count?

I used to think only some Democrats were shameless, guess I was wrong

5 posted on 10/06/2002 1:48:22 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: raybbr
If McKinney's minions were really angry as well as dumb, they should turn out to vote for the Republican candidate to spite the woman who beat their candidate in the primary
6 posted on 10/06/2002 1:48:35 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: raybbr
So much for what the voters want (or don't want)

Republicans are American voters too, you asses.
7 posted on 10/06/2002 1:50:45 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: raybbr
When the Dems crossed over in South Carolina during the primaries to vote for McCain there was no problem. I get it, as long as demoRATS do it it's ok, but when the GOP does it it's a crime !
8 posted on 10/06/2002 1:53:59 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: raybbr
Hate votes. McKinney was defeated
by hate votes and therefore must be
declared the winner. You know, if
racism didn't exist, this crybaby
histrionics would make it inevitable.
9 posted on 10/06/2002 1:54:37 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: raybbr
Yeah they're at it again and UNFORTUNATELY they seem to be winning all the tight senate races out there! It all started with the bait and switch CRAP over in NJ...GOSH HOW I HATE THEM!! There is no justice, ABSOLUATELY NO JUSTICE!! I don't want to sound down beat, but looks like the RATS are making huge gains...GOSH I hope I'm wrong! I was hoping little Dasshole would be KICKED out on the street by his rear end this NOV....BUMMER
:( It's going to be a TOUGH TEARY Nov. 5! :(
10 posted on 10/06/2002 1:56:11 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: raybbr
Whiney little s**ts.
11 posted on 10/06/2002 1:57:53 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: John Jorsett
"Bookmark this story for use every time someone complains that the Republicans can't win elections except in court."

Welllll, Republicans didn't exactly "win" this election. We did get a Democratic candidate that we can accept a whole lot better than Jihad Cindy, but never-the-less... it's not truely a win.. there will still be a DemocRAT representing the distric in congress.

12 posted on 10/06/2002 2:05:24 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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To: raybbr; All
-Jihad Cindy? McKinney won't go quietly... indeed, she may not go away at all...
13 posted on 10/06/2002 2:07:18 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: raybbr
Looks like this is the future of elections: the Rats trying to sue their way into every election they don't win. It's no accident that the DNC is the party of trial lawyers. Thank Algore for establishing a wonderful new precident.
14 posted on 10/06/2002 2:09:57 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: JZoback
"Are these dimocrats saying these people vote should not count?"

Yes... that's exactly what they are saying. This district was gerimandered so that there would be very few Republicans voting there (Cindy's daddy in the state house saw to that. So they now count it their right to essentially have only the Democrate votes counting. Crossing over was the only way the few Republicans in the district could have ANY voice at all in the election, but this voice angers the RATS.

15 posted on 10/06/2002 2:10:17 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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To: raybbr
Arguing that defeated Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney was the victim of a "malicious crossover" vote by Republicans, five DeKalb County voters asked a federal court Friday to throw out the results of the primary.

Oh,Oh...Can I be a victim too? Malicious crossover? I call it exercising your right to vote for whomever you want. We can still do that in this country, can't we?

16 posted on 10/06/2002 2:13:18 PM PDT by carolinaconservative
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To: RoseofTexas
"There is no justice........"

well hopefully the GA courts have better sense than the NJ courts do, we may have rednecks but we aren't sopranos. Time will tell.

17 posted on 10/06/2002 2:13:52 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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To: raybbr
State officials pointed to the law Friday and said it was clear that Georgia voters can vote for whomever they want in the primaries; there are no restrictions on preferred political party affiliation.
"I am simply unaware of any provision of law that prohibits voters from making a choice as to which party primary they will participate in," said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for the secretary of state.

It is ridiculous for any state official regardless of party to make such a statement after what happened in New Jersey. The law means ONLY what a group of activist judges decide it means. In New Jersey, 51 now means 34 or what ever number it needs to mean for the democrats to win. In Georgia, the absence of a provision of law that prohibits crossover voting-- when it affects black voters --can easily be considered a violation of those voters' civil rights.

Conservative voters' apathetic attitudes toward elections has allowed this to happen as much an any other single cause. The votes not cast for conservative candidates in the last 50 years are coming home to roost. The election of conservative candidates from dog catcher, to school board, to state house, to US Senate must become a paramount goal. We must energize ourselves to take back our republic or it will be lost forever. Vote, make sure your family votes, make sure your friends vote. It is our only weapon.

18 posted on 10/06/2002 2:19:03 PM PDT by NerdDad
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To: John Lenin
...the Dems crossed over in South Carolina during the primaries to vote for McCain...

The same thing happened in California. As a matter of fact, some socialist talkshow hosts on the ABC Radio Network encouraged this tactic. Register Republican and vote McCain in the primary. Re-register for the general election and vote Democrat.

The socialist in the Democratic Party are turning Amerika in to a neo-Vimar Republic.

19 posted on 10/06/2002 2:34:52 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: raybbr
I can't help it...I just have to say, this is one of the most hilarious things I've read in recent history!!!!!

As if...!!!

By all means, let McKinney keep talking...

(chortle...threatening to become a bwahahaHA!)

20 posted on 10/06/2002 2:48:00 PM PDT by 88keys
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To: raybbr
Malicious crossover voting

Of course there is no such term of Georgia law called "malicious crossover voting."

Just more bizarre paranoia from the perverse fantasy world of the Jew-hating racist and conspiracist, Cindy McKinney.

I swear, she and her followers are mentally ill. And they revel in it.

21 posted on 10/06/2002 2:51:35 PM PDT by angkor
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"Since her defeat, the Green Party has courted McKinney to join them and seek that party's presidential nomination in 2004."

Man it would be so great if they do.

I would personally give her campaign a million bucks.

The more success she has....the less success the Democrats have.

She could never win the Presidency....but she could really help torpedo any Democrat that was trying to. She would effectively remove a great percentage of the black vote and GW can pull enough of the Latino vote on his own.

Divide and conquer my friends.

GO CYNTHIA GO!!!

22 posted on 10/06/2002 2:54:30 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: John Lenin
I get it, as long as demoRATS do it it's ok, but when the GOP does it it's a crime!

We must remember that blatant hypocrisy is the RAT cult's strongest attribute. >

23 posted on 10/06/2002 2:57:03 PM PDT by DaBroasta
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To: Shermy
It can safely be said that McKinney is not trying to curry favour with the indian community of Georgia.
24 posted on 10/06/2002 2:59:12 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: elbucko; Apple Pan Dowdy
re: vote McCain in the primary, and then...

...Re-register for the general election and vote Democrat...

...in Ohio, you don't even have to re-register; you must be registered to vote, but only in the primaries are there different ballots, for which you have to "declare your party"...I'm only a "registered Republican" since 2000, my first primary vote, when I wished to vote for W as a counteraction to the Democrat McCainiacs...

'Course, I've always voted that way, by coincidence, but no one here ever asks you about it for "general elections"...

Furthermore, if I were a hapless Republican-leaner in McKinney's district, I sure as heck would vote for Majette as my legitimate choice!!!

25 posted on 10/06/2002 3:02:25 PM PDT by 88keys
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To: raybbr
Stupid is as Stupid does.
26 posted on 10/06/2002 3:03:21 PM PDT by hgro
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To: John Jorsett
This country is out of control. Talk about barbarians at the gate!
27 posted on 10/06/2002 3:06:31 PM PDT by LaGrone
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To: 88keys
We had "open primaries" in CA as "progressive reform". 'Twas nothing more than the Dems trying to control the primary process. It became so obvious that voters were once again required to register to a party or independent.

By-the-by, to correct the spelling my post regarding the "Vimar Republic" it should read; "WEIMAR" Republic. For those who are interested, a Google search of the subject one will find the Nazi's and the Socialists of this time (early '30's) doing to this German republic what the Dems are trying to do to ours with political manuevers that would not shame the dictator of a "Bananna Republic".

28 posted on 10/06/2002 3:23:05 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: raybbr
McKinney is a great American and a powerful voice for liberty and justice. I pray that her wisdom won't be lost to our nation because of the shifty but legal efforts of those who would silence her. Cynthia, the nation needs you, we all need you. Don't leave us! Run on the Green ticket and regain your rightful place and seat of power and influence. Run Cynthia, run!! Don't leave us!! Run as a Green!!
29 posted on 10/06/2002 3:42:47 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: Tacis
Alex Sink, the wife of Jeb Bush's opponent Dem. Bill McBride (far left, McAuliffe buddy) donated campaign $$$ to Cynthia McKinney. . "I really don't consider Emily's List to be an extreme cause," she said. "Its only criteria is to elect pro-choice candidates."


30 posted on 10/06/2002 4:11:34 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy
Apple Pan Dowdy said: Welllll, Republicans didn't exactly "win" this election. We did get a Democratic candidate that we can accept a whole lot better than Jihad Cindy, but never-the-less... it's not truely a win.. there will still be a DemocRAT representing the distric in congress.

How about suggesting that the true McKinney fans have the right to write her in on the November ballot? If enough of them are dumb enough to do it, the Republican just might win!



31 posted on 10/06/2002 4:37:30 PM PDT by alwaysconservative
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To: raybbr
Stop and think about this a bit more...it'll give you pause...


Think about what happens *if* the GA courts are similar to Florida's or New Jersey's


Feel that prickle along your scalp yet? Think on it a couple of seconds more...
32 posted on 10/06/2002 7:45:22 PM PDT by Maelstrom
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To: raybbr
Idiot commie. She lost without the Republican cross-over votes.
33 posted on 10/06/2002 7:52:17 PM PDT by blam
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