Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Our voters are too stupid: That's the line from the Minnesota Democratic Party in its latest lawsuit.
Democrats are preparing to raise Florida-style objections to the conduct of the election. For example, Democrats claim the ballot is confusing because it asks voters to write an "X" by the name of the candidate for whom they want to vote. The regular ballot requires voters to darken a small box by the candidate's name, and Democrats allege the change will perplex voters.
In addition, the supplemental ballot instructs voters to "Put an (X) in the square opposite the name of each candidate you wish to vote for." That is standard wording for such ballots, but since the new supplemental ballot covers just one race, and since voters may only vote for only one choice for the Senate, Democrats claim the wording is "misleading and highly likely to result in many ballots being spoiled by voters inadvertently."
I'm sorry, but if a voter can't figure it out themselves, they can ask a poll worker.
Maybe this is just the Democratic Party's effort at full-employment for lawyers.