EDITORIAL/McDaniel's election ruse
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:00 AM
Chris McDaniel is demanding access to personal voter information such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth state law forbids him to have, and he's running over good people like Neshoba County Circuit Clerk Patti Duncan Lee to get his way.
A hearing was to have gotten under way this morning in a McDaniel suit alleging Lee denied access to voting records after the U.S. Senate Republican primary run-off June 24.
She did not deny access and was merely following the letter of the law.
Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon will likely throw McDaniel out of the courthouse because just last week the Supreme Court, after an emergency plea by McDaniel, said clerks like Lee are correct.
The law forbids circuit clerks from turning personal voter information over to anyone, including narcissistic plaintiffs attorneys like McDaniel who run for U.S. Senate, get beat and transform sore loser into a bitter industry.
By and large, Mississippi elections are clean and McDaniel's wild, unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud don't hold water.
Lee would be among the first to call out voter fraud, as would clerks in the other counties McDaniel sued.
A three-judge panel of the state Supreme Court ruled that poll books are controlled by the state Public Records Act, which specifies that Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, dates of birth and age information must be removed before the public can examine certain documents.
He has since asked for a hearing before the full court.
McDaniel is claiming that as a candidate he has more of a right to access election records than a "member of the general public."
When will this judicial hell end?