Thursday, August 28, 2008

Breaking! Did McCain and Obama miss the Texas deadline to be on the ballot?

Ballot Access News:
Section 192.031 of the Texas election code says that political parties must certify their presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the November ballot no later than 70 days before the general election. It says, “A political party is entitled to have the names of its nominees for president and vice-president placed on the ballot if before 5 p.m. of the 70th day before presidential election day, the party’s state chair signs and delivers to the secretary of state a written certification of the name’s of the party’s nominees for president and vice-president.”

This year, that deadline is August 26. UPDATE: At 2:30 pm Texas time, August 27, Kim Kizer of the Texas Secretary of State’s elections division says neither major party’s certification has been received in the Elections Division. The Executive Office of the Secretary of State refers all questions back to the Elections Division.
I think this might be somewhat important.

It looks like because they both won primaries in Texas Obama and McCain will be on the ballot. Except that Clinton won the primary vote even if she lost the delegate vote.... More on this as the lawyers get involved.

1 comment:

Thogek said...

Updates and elaborations on this at

Seems that the Democratic and Republican Parties both believe that rules and law simply do not apply to them -- except when they can be used to keep everyone else out.