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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:48 AM
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Court rejects early Jan. 15 Michigan primary
More on the ongoing primary calendar craziness. Despite this decision, it's still not settled yet.

"In a 2-1 ruling, Judges Patrick Meter and Donald Owens objected that a law recently passed by the Legislature setting up
the primary would let the state political parties keep track of voters' names and whether they took Democratic or GOP
primary ballots but give no public access to that information.

Michigan had at one time tentatively scheduled Democratic caucuses for Feb. 9, but state officials and Gov. Jennifer
Granholm have tried to push up the date to Jan. 15. If no primary is held, Republicans will make their choices at a Jan.
25-26 party convention. Democrats also could move up their caucuses, although no date has been set.

The weeks-long logjam involving the courts has delayed scheduling of the nation's first primary. New Hampshire Secretary
of State Bill Gardner says he won't set the date of his state's primary until it's clear what's going to happen with Michigan.
New Hampshire law says it must go first in the nation.

A spokesman for Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said no decision had been reached on whether to take the case to
the state Supreme Court...

Michigan lawmakers could change the law so it would pass legal muster, but so far they have failed to do so and they don't
have much time left. Clerks need to start sending absentee ballots to overseas Michigan voters by Dec. 1, so a new primary
election law would have to be approved in the next two weeks."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071116/ap_on_el_pr/michiga... ;_ylt=AvF9Ieyh9m76eq3Wgc5ZRm92wPIE

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