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(2,348 posts)
Fri May 27, 2016, 12:40 PM May 2016

Bernie Supporters Suing To Change CA Rules


The release continued, "The activists are seeking sweeping injunctive relief in their suit, including provisions to force 58 counties to segregate ballots already cast by unaffiliated voters; to allow "re-votes" by those voters for presidential primary candidates; and to extend the state's voter registration deadline -- which passed on May 23 for eligibility to vote in the June 7 primary -- until election day itself."

Look, it's one thing to not like the way a primary is set up, but to go to court and sue WHILE THE ELECTION IS GOING ON to change the rules is such a blatant slap in the face of the 'democracy' Bernie fans keep talking about. Do overs? Segregating people's votes?

This is disgusting behavior.
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Bernie Supporters Suing To Change CA Rules (Original Post) CrowCityDem May 2016 OP
Didn't work in NY, won't work in CA. nt stevenleser May 2016 #1
Just can't follow the rules scscholar May 2016 #2
What a bunch of whiners. CorkySt.Clair May 2016 #3
The Sanders supporters lost this lawsuit already-no hearing until after primary Gothmog May 2016 #4
Yep, plus their lawsuit was fill with inaccurracies. Iliyah May 2016 #5
Suing officials during an election is bad? "Obama campaign sues Ohio over early voting" Bluenorthwest May 2016 #6
Obama was suing to make sure all voters had the same rules. Fresh_Start May 2016 #9
California's election laws have been in place for a very long time WhiteTara May 2016 #11
The only reason for the lawsuit is for the sore losers to be able to scream "ELECTION FRAUD" ... MohRokTah May 2016 #7
the sour grapes revolution continues nt geek tragedy May 2016 #8
I live here in California... LenaBaby61 May 2016 #10
There have been some mentions on DU Retrograde May 2016 #19
They would be a laughing stock, if they weren't so dangerous to democracy and the Dem Party. Surya Gayatri May 2016 #12
I don't know whether to laugh or be angry ... NurseJackie May 2016 #13
They paired up the the American Independence Party too, to sue. Starry Messenger May 2016 #14
What is it about BitterBernie?? calguy May 2016 #15
BTW - how's that Massachusetts lawsuit going? brooklynite May 2016 #16
Wow Bernie must think he'a dictator! MoonRiver May 2016 #17
Holy shit what whining. Darb May 2016 #18
Judge rejects Bernie Sanders’ supporter’s voting lawsuit Gothmog Jun 2016 #20
they just lost Demsrule86 Jun 2016 #21


(147,558 posts)
4. The Sanders supporters lost this lawsuit already-no hearing until after primary
Fri May 27, 2016, 12:46 PM
May 2016

Sanders lost this lawsuit also http://www.ocregister.com/articles/primary-717076-hearing-voters.html

SACRAMENTO – A federal judge has set an Aug. 18 hearing date in a lawsuit filed by a Bernie Sanders supporter seeking to extend California’s voter registration deadline ahead of the primary election, meaning the plaintiffs likely won’t get a hearing before the state’s June 7 primary.

Attorney William Simpich argued in the filing that the process for unaffiliated voters to get a presidential primary ballot – particularly those seeking to cast ballots in the Democratic primary contest between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – was too confusing and would leave many voters disenfranchised. He said at least two counties failed to notify some voters of their right to request a ballot to vote in the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent Party contests.

“Thousands of Californians are in imminent danger of being disenfranchised in the 2016 presidential primary election ending on June 7, 2016, and will continue to be shut out of the democratic process unless and until defendants reform their voting by mail practices, Simpich wrote in the filing on behalf of two voters, a group called the Voting Rights Defense Project and the American Independent Party.

Simpich had asked the court to extend the registration deadline to election day, but the response from U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup on Tuesday means the case will not be addressed by then.


(45,319 posts)
6. Suing officials during an election is bad? "Obama campaign sues Ohio over early voting"
Fri May 27, 2016, 12:49 PM
May 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Obama’s reelection campaign filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio’s top elections official Tuesday in a dispute over the battleground state’s law that restricts in-person early voting in the three days leading up to Election Day.

The lawsuit, filed in Columbus, follows a series of election-law changes that were passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich (R).

Obama’s campaign and other Democrats argue that the law unfairly ends in-person early voting for most Ohioans on the Friday evening before the Tuesday election while allowing military and overseas voters to cast ballots in person until Monday.

Was that Obama slapping Democracy in the face?


(11,330 posts)
9. Obama was suing to make sure all voters had the same rules.
Fri May 27, 2016, 12:59 PM
May 2016

Sanders is suing so that some voters get special rules


(29,789 posts)
11. California's election laws have been in place for a very long time
Fri May 27, 2016, 01:23 PM
May 2016

BS supporters had a year to handle their registrations and can request democratic ballots on election day. If they are so incapable of following any small rule and demand that they get extra dispensation to register on election day, too bad. I'm glad that the court case won't be heard before the election. This is not disenfranchising anyone.



(15,429 posts)
7. The only reason for the lawsuit is for the sore losers to be able to scream "ELECTION FRAUD" ...
Fri May 27, 2016, 12:54 PM
May 2016

after Hillary kicks Sanders' ass there.


(6,987 posts)
10. I live here in California...
Fri May 27, 2016, 01:05 PM
May 2016

And am hoping that this emergency injunction fails, because to my knowledge, there is no voter disenfranchisement gong on here, and as a California tax payer I don't want to pay for something that doesn't exist in the first place. Ballots have been mailed out. There are places to call if you're not sure about your voting status, about which party you belong to, when the deadline to register happens etc. Voter disenfranchisement should of course be taken extremely seriously, because there are too many cases of it going on in this country unfortunately. However, just because you don't like the way the primary is set up, then to want to change the rules in the middle of the stream like this?


(10,245 posts)
19. There have been some mentions on DU
Fri May 27, 2016, 02:16 PM
May 2016

of poll workers being given the wrong information, or people registering voters telling them incorrect things. However, the voting regulations - including how to get a Democratic ballot if you're a non-partisan voter - are on the Secretary of State's web site, and physical copies were mailed weeks ago to all households with registered voters. So it's not hard to check if you've been given bad information.

Run into a problem at the polls? Take your voter's guide, show the person working there what it says, and demand the correct ballot. If they give you a hard time, stand your ground and don't leave until you've at least been given a provisional ballot. And document what happened, and notify both the county registrar and the secretary of state: there is no plot to disenfranchise voters - and not following directions is not disenfranchisement.

And if you want to know what the SoS considers voting rights, see their web site

Starry Messenger

(32,342 posts)
14. They paired up the the American Independence Party too, to sue.
Fri May 27, 2016, 02:09 PM
May 2016

It's the last remaining branch of Wallace's segregationist party. Strange bedfellows.


(5,394 posts)
15. What is it about BitterBernie??
Fri May 27, 2016, 02:11 PM
May 2016

He goes around saying that all the election rules and procedures should be change just because HE is in the race.
Proof positive that the campaign is now all about Bernie and very little to do with issues.


(147,558 posts)
20. Judge rejects Bernie Sanders’ supporter’s voting lawsuit
Wed Jun 1, 2016, 04:56 PM
Jun 2016

Yeah http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/1/judge-rejects-bernie-sanders-supporters-voting-law/

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by a Bernie Sanders supporter who argued elections officials in California were robbing unaffiliated voters of the chance to vote in the state’s June 7 Democratic presidential primary.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Wednesday the Voting Rights Defense Project waited too long to request an injunction for radio and TV ads informing unaffiliated voters that they can vote in the presidential primary of the Democratic, American Independent and Libertarian parties.

The group had argued that county elections officials were failing to inform unaffiliated voters of that right, threatening to disenfranchise thousands of voters. Its lawsuit named California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and two county elections officials.

Padilla said the lawsuit was frivolous.
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