Steve G.

Bob Barr’s Emergency Stay in Texas denied very quickly

In Libertarian on September 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

From Russ Verney email:

Late last night, I returned from Texas where we had just filed for an emergency legal stay to prevent the Secretary of State from mailing ballots until our case is resolved.

Before I could even unpack, I received word that our emergency stay had been rejected.

While I am disappointed, I am more alarmed by the opposition brief submitted by Texas’ Attorney General. Rather than address this issue on its legal merit, the Texas AG is politicizing this issue under the guise of protecting troops stationed overseas.

Can you believe this, the opening paragraph of their brief?

“Undeniably the Constitution of the United States protects the right of all qualified citizens to vote.” In that spirit, the State of Texas opposes any threat to the rights of military service members to receive, case, and return ballots from abroad. The Motion for Emergency Stay filed by Relators Bob Barr, Wayne Allyn Root, and the Libertarian Party of Texas presents precisely this threat, in asking this Court to stop the mailing of ballots to our men and women in uniform around the globe. This Court should deny the Motion and protect the constitutional rights of military voters.

Yes, Russ, I can indeed believe it.  In fact, I’d guess it’s unbelievable only to you.

Take that any way you wish.

  1. […] Last Free Voice From Russ Verney email: Late last night, I returned from Texas where we had just filed for an […]

  2. Does this mean that the ENTIRE suit has failed, or only the stay for mailing ballots to the military?

  3. The motion for emergency stay was asking that the court order the state to hold off on printing ballots. The stay was denied. The rest of the lawsuit stands, but it might not for long based upon this denial. It seems that if the court thought he had a case, they’d have entered the stay. After all, it would cost the state a mint to reprint millions of ballots, and there’s no sense in sending ballots to the military if the court thinks those ballots may ultimately be stricken.

  4. […] 9/20: The emergency stay got kicked to the curb on the grounds that…our troops would be disenfranchised! That’s even better than […]

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