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JUDGE DENIES TRO IN WRITE-IN BALLOT CASE

In a case brought by a St. Croix resident against the Board of Elections, a District Court judge has refused to grant a temporary restraining order stopping the Election System from determining who will be Delegate to Congress.
David Cover alleged that he was not permitted to enter a write-in ballot for Independent candidate Victor O. Frazer because the September primary ballot was "poorly prepared or deviously devised."
He further said in the suit that Election District Chairman Dodson James falsely accused him of willful voter fraud when he expressed his wish to enter Frazer's name as a write-in.
District Judge Thomas K. Moore wrote in a brief order that the court could only find one precedent case. In Lydick vs. Chairman of Dallas Republican Executive Committee, "injunctive relief was denied to voters who charged that their votes for write-in candidates were not counted, and reasoning that, otherwise, a single voter could place a candidate in the position of ostensibly being sponsored by a political party regardless of his or her political philosophies."
Cover had asked the court to restrain the Election System from conducting any and all election or polling activities in determining the position of Delegate to Congress until his case was addressed. With the petition for a restraining order denied, the election system is expected to move ahead with final preparations for the Nov. 7 general election.

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In a case brought by a St. Croix resident against the Board of Elections, a District Court judge has refused to grant a temporary restraining order stopping the Election System from determining who will be Delegate to Congress.
David Cover alleged that he was not permitted to enter a write-in ballot for Independent candidate Victor O. Frazer because the September primary ballot was "poorly prepared or deviously devised."
He further said in the suit that Election District Chairman Dodson James falsely accused him of willful voter fraud when he expressed his wish to enter Frazer's name as a write-in.
District Judge Thomas K. Moore wrote in a brief order that the court could only find one precedent case. In Lydick vs. Chairman of Dallas Republican Executive Committee, "injunctive relief was denied to voters who charged that their votes for write-in candidates were not counted, and reasoning that, otherwise, a single voter could place a candidate in the position of ostensibly being sponsored by a political party regardless of his or her political philosophies."
Cover had asked the court to restrain the Election System from conducting any and all election or polling activities in determining the position of Delegate to Congress until his case was addressed. With the petition for a restraining order denied, the election system is expected to move ahead with final preparations for the Nov. 7 general election.