You cannot make this stuff up!
The U.S. Justice Department has demanded – and a federal judge has agreed – that residents of a North Carolina city cannot make their municipal elections nonpartisan because the Obama administration representatives don’t like the possible outcomes that could result.
The result comes in a recent case involving Kinston, where voters overwhelmingly – the victory margin was about 2-1 – decided they wanted to leave the political affiliations off of candidates’ names in their city elections.
Not so fast, said Barack Obama’s Justice Department. If the affiliations are left off, a few white voters might not know who was the Democrat, and they might vote for a member of another party, the federal officials warned, and that can’t be allowed.
After city officials waffled before the demand, several citizens challenged the order in court, and now a judge has turned them back without ruling on the issue itself. The judge said the citizens – taxpayers and voters in the city – had no “standing” to challenge how their own elections are run.
… the U.S. attorney general ordered the election results voided because “removing the partisan cue in municipal elections will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office.”
It was in 2008 when a citizens’ initiative in Kinston to make the elections nonpartisan passed with a near supermajority of 2-1.
But the Justice Department immediately intervened, explaining the election had to be voided because it would have altered the elections and the federal department’s own statistical analysis revealed the change could “diminish” the ability of black voters in the city to elect their preferred candidates.
NC TEA Partiers are a very vocal bunch, what are your thoughts on this?