Jack Evans of Norwood, Richard Womack of Darby Township, and Christine Reuther of Wallingford were removed from the Delaware County Council (Pa) Democrat primary ballot for failing to file the proper report with the proper bureaucrat.
The three filed statements of financial disclosure with the Board of Elections but failed to provide a copy to the County Clerk.
Common Pleas Court Judge James Proud said because of that “no ballot for you”.
Proud cited the infamous Bob Guzzardi ruling handed down May 20 in which the state Supreme Court ruled that Guzzardi could not appear on last spring’s Republican gubernatorial primary ballot because his paperwork was not perfect.
What the Democrats did was a technical mistake. As they are accused of neither acquiring enough signatures nor presenting false ones, it is obvious that enough people want them on the ballot for there to be an election.
As they filed statements of financial interest publicly, they obviously were not trying to avoid scrutiny.
The proper recourse would have been for Proud to tell Evans et al to file the documents correctly and in the case of Evans to sign it and get it notarized. The only deadline that should be immutable is the presentation of signatures. Technical stuff should always take a backseat to democracy.
Delaware County Daily Times editor Phil Heron, however, notes that only 250 write-in signatures are needed for them to get on the ballot. You don’t think there are 250 Democrats in this county willing to do that? You don’t think this is going to make the Democrats more motivated and not less, and nominal Republicans more suspicious of those now holding power hence sympathetic to the Dems.
Don’t assume party loyalty is the force it once was. See Scott Wagner.
The people really are getting sick of sneakiness.
Bob Guzzardi did not have a prayer of beating Tom Corbett last spring. Because Corbett played dirty, though, he burned all his bridges with the anti-corruption activists supporting Guzzardi and went from having a tiny, smidgen of a chance to win the general to none.
Vote fraud is bad and must be punished severely. Technical errors are not vote fraud. It’s sickly ironic that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which shot down a sensible photo voter ID law upholds these banana republic games.
For the record, County Democratic Party Chairman David Landau has vowed to appeal to the higher courts.
The Democrats were represented by J. Manly Parks, of Duane & Morris
Delco Disenfranchised Dems Removed