Election code on trial in fed court

A bench trial will begin 8:30 a.m. today in Marshall's U.S. District Court in a lawsuit brought by six individuals and the Texas Democratic Party. Full Story
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notvoting for Ralph Hall

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#42 Jul 14, 2008
Albert wrote:
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Ralph Hall has never been arrested for drugs and then allowed to plead it down from a felony to a misdeaner like our bud Rusty has.
You don't know that. Did you know, that if Ralph feels like he is being threaten by you , he will have you audited. Did you know about him going over seas, to watch little girls (12 to 14 Yr) dancing nude. That did happened a long time ago. I guess Ralphy has changed. So did RUSTY. To me, that is worse than marijuana. First time offence for having marijuana is a misdeaner. "You must not know the law". I think they should legalized it. Alcohol is worse the marijuana. I heard that happened a long time ago and PEOPLE CHANGE. I bet you did it, but didnt get caught. Everyone has. If they said they didnt, they are full of @@it. Everyone in college does it. Its all over Texarkana College and University of Arkansas.
rogerthat

United States

#43 Jul 14, 2008
willie ray is a convicted criminal of voter fraud from the 2004 election where jack stone ran against rusty hicks. does anybody have to guess who willie ray was hired by. duh it was jack stone and he will hire her again.
rogerthat

United States

#44 Jul 14, 2008
Albert wrote:
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Ralph Hall has never been arrested for drugs and then allowed to plead it down from a felony to a misdeaner like our bud Rusty has.
jack stones middle name is albert. welcome to the blog jack albert stone .www.taxnetusa.com to see jack albert stones tax bill .
truth seeker

Little Rock, AR

#45 Jul 15, 2008
Heads Up wrote:
PART 1 FOR ALL THE TRUTH SEEKERS .from the attorney generals website.what the texarkana gazette d
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Plaintiffs Drop Lawsuit That Attempted To Prevent The State From Enforcing Election Law Provisions
six individuals, Texas Democratic Party drop lawsuit
MARSHALL – Six individual plaintiffs and the Texas Democratic Party today agreed to drop a lawsuit that sought to prevent the Texas Attorney General from enforcing specific portions of the Election Code. After initially claiming that a law governing mail-in ballots was unconstitutional, the plaintiffs dropped their lawsuit just before a trial was scheduled to begin in federal District Judge T. John Ward’s East Texas courtroom. Today’s agreement to dismiss marked the latest in a string of victories for the state of Texas, which consistently maintained that its efforts to protect the integrity of the elections process were entirely constitutional.
“Election fraud is a serious crime that undermines our democratic system of government,” said Attorney General Greg Abbott.“After more than a year and a half of pre-trial maneuvering and discovery, the plaintiffs discovered that their claims were without basis in fact or law. Today’s dismissal marks an important victory for the integrity of the electoral process.”
The judge’s order dismissing the lawsuit was accompanied by a renewed commitment to ensure that voters and political activists have access to information about important legal protections for seniors and disabled voters who rely upon mail-in ballots to mark their votes from home and cast them by mail.
Attorney General Abbott added:“Our democratic process depends upon transparency, accountability and easy access to the ballot box. By continuing to educate voters and political activists about the law, the state of Texas will ensure that elderly and disabled voters are properly informed about legal protections that prevent over-reaching political activists from unlawfully applying pressure to mail-in ballot users.”
Six individual plaintiffs joined the Texas Democratic Party in an attempt to prevent authorities from enforcing a mail-in ballot law authored by then-state Rep. Steve Wolens (D-Dallas). Passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in the Texas House and Senate, Wolens’ legislation helps protect elderly and disabled voters who rely on others for assistance casting their votes. The law essentially governs how mail-in ballots are handled by those who help elderly and disabled voters transport their votes to the local elections registrar. To provide accountability, prevent coercion by purported assisters, and protect the integrity of marked ballots, the 2003 law basically requires that those who transmit others’ votes identify themselves by putting their names and addresses on the outside of the ballot envelope.
The plaintiffs’ attempt to challenge Rep. Wolens’ 2003 Texas Election Code amendments hinged on their claim that the law was intended to suppress certain voting groups. To the contrary, public comments by former Rep. Wolens indicated his “purpose was to eliminate fraud in absentee balloting.” According to the former state representative, both he and his wife, the former mayor of Dallas, were victims of “rigged elections with people harvesting votes.” Vote harvesting is a term typically associated with those who illegally stockpile mail-in ballots—which may belong to either actual voters or non-existent voters created by election fraud perpetrators—and therefore undermine the electoral process by casting multiple votes.
This is what should have been printed in the Texarkana Gazette
truth seeker

Little Rock, AR

#46 Jul 15, 2008
Heads Up wrote:
PART 2 the rest of the article
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Plaintiffs Drop Lawsuit That Attempted To Prevent The State From Enforcing Election Law Provisions
Today’s dismissal concludes the plaintiffs’ year-and-a-half-long effort to stop the Attorney General from enforcing Election Code provisions that prevent fraud and coercion during the mail-in ballot process. The plaintiffs’ filed their lawsuit in September 2006. In the days leading to the November 2006 election, the plaintiffs asked a federal district court to temporarily restrain the state from enforcing challenged Election Code provisions.
An earlier district court decision favoring the plaintiffs was stayed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which ruled that the state could continue enforcing election fraud prevention laws. The state scored a second victory when the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the plaintiffs’ appeal. Last January, Texas scored another victory when the Fifth Circuit Court once again issued a decision favoring the state, vacating an early injunction issued by the trial court.
After conducting months of pre-litigation maneuvering and discovery, during which the state produced thousands of documents, the plaintiffs offered to drop their lawsuit. Just days before the trial was scheduled to begin, the plaintiffs approached the state about resolving the dispute by dismissing their lawsuit against the Attorney General and working to improve voters’ access to information about state election laws. Before the court finalized today’s dismissal, the state read a mutually agreed-upon statement into the court record. That statement reiterated pre-existing policies and procedures that provide guidance to investigators with the Office of the Attorney General who probe Election Code violations.
Although today’s dismissal concludes the plaintiffs’ attempt to prevent the Attorney General’s election fraud enforcement efforts, a facial challenge to Section 84.004 of the Election Code still remains before the court. That provision generally limits the number of early voting applications that a single individual can witness during an election cycle.
The state is not obligated to pay any attorneys fees or expenses in the wake of the plaintiff’s agreement to dismiss with prejudice. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, when a lawsuit is dismissed with prejudice, the plaintiffs are barred from bringing the same claims again in the future.
Same story about Willie Ray but alot different than the Texarkana Gazette reported.Wonder why they didnt use the AG press release ?Makes you wonder about the Gazette.Always taking up for the crooks !
mr t

Little Rock, AR

#47 Jul 16, 2008
the ballots in question that willie ray took were for jack stone .this will happen again in november.
notvoting for Ralph Hall

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#48 Jul 19, 2008
I thought Molly Beth and the ex mayor Hired her
Sam

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#49 Jul 20, 2008
notvoting for Ralph Hall wrote:
<quoted text>You don't know that. Did you know, that if Ralph feels like he is being threaten by you , he will have you audited. Did you know about him going over seas, to watch little girls (12 to 14 Yr) dancing nude. That did happened a long time ago. I guess Ralphy has changed. So did RUSTY. To me, that is worse than marijuana. First time offence for having marijuana is a misdeaner. "You must not know the law". I think they should legalized it. Alcohol is worse the marijuana. I heard that happened a long time ago and PEOPLE CHANGE. I bet you did it, but didnt get caught. Everyone has. If they said they didnt, they are full of @@it. Everyone in college does it. Its all over Texaand University of Arkansas.
Kathy, from this post it appears that you have been spending too much time with Martha Downs, the origial trash mouth of Maud.
JJs

Ashburn, VA

#50 Jul 20, 2008
Sam wrote:
<quoted text>Kathy, from this post it appears that you have been spending too much time with Martha Downs, the origial trash mouth of Maud.
Sam every time I read the blog you act like your talking to someone named Kathy.I dont know Kathy but I do know Martha Downs and she is a fine example of a Christian.Not like you or I .I bet she is sitting in the lords house as we speak.You are ate up with hatred.
Albert

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#51 Jul 21, 2008
JJs wrote:
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Sam every time I read the blog you act like your talking to someone named Kathy.I dont know Kathy but I do know Martha Downs and she is a fine example of a Christian.Not like you or I .I bet she is sitting in the lords house as we speak.You are ate up with hatred.
If you know Martha, you know Kathy Hicks.
notvoting for Ralph Hall

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#52 Aug 1, 2008
Sam wrote:
<quoted text>Kathy, from this post it appears that you have been spending too much time with Martha Downs, the origial trash mouth of Maud.
Who is Kathy and Martha Downs? I'm confused. Can someone help me out?
Sally

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#53 Aug 1, 2008
notvoting for Ralph Hall wrote:
<quoted text>Who is Kathy and Martha Downs? I'm confused. Can someone help me out?
If the things you post are any indication, you are beyond help.
notvoting for Ralph Hall

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#54 Aug 5, 2008
Sally wrote:
<quoted text>If the things you post are any indication, you are beyond help.
No honey, someone keeps calling me Kathy and I don't know who IN THE HELL that person is. My name is not Kathy. This morning when I took a shower, I believe I have male parts. So Sally I believe you ARE BEYOND Help. Don't like a Smart ASS!
Barbara

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#55 Aug 5, 2008
notvoting for Ralph Hall wrote:
<quoted text>No honey, someone keeps calling me Kathy and I don't know who IN THE HELL that person is. My name is not Kathy. This morning when I took a shower, I believe I have male parts. So Sally I believe you ARE BEYOND Help. Don't like a Smart ASS!
I had wondered where all the Rusty Hicks pimps had gone since Friday--now all is well. The Hicks pimps are back--must have been a long weekend.
Hellcat

Twinsburg, OH

#56 Aug 5, 2008
notvoting for Ralph Hall wrote:
<quoted text>No honey, someone keeps calling me Kathy and I don't know who IN THE HELL that person is. My name is not Kathy. This morning when I took a shower, I believe I have male parts. So Sally I believe you ARE BEYOND Help. Don't like a Smart ASS!
Hi, nvfRH. I think you must have been accused of being Mrs. Hicks.
notvoting for Ralph Hall

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#58 Aug 5, 2008
Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>I had wondered where all the Rusty Hicks pimps had gone since Friday--now all is well. The Hicks pimps are back--must have been a long weekend.
U must be one of Stone's hoe? I need one. Are you opened for business Honey?
Barbara

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#59 Aug 5, 2008
notvoting for Ralph Hall wrote:
<quoted text>U must be one of Stone's hoe? I need one. Are you opened for business Honey?
So'nuff'--come on down to the Hicks ho house on 59 So. on the right just past 2148 fm rd. where you have several choices including Kathy and her funning buds. Bring yo' money
notvoting for Ralph Hall

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#63 Aug 8, 2008
Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>So'nuff'--come on down to the Hicks ho house on 59 So. on the right just past 2148 fm rd. where you have several choices including Kathy and her funning buds. Bring yo' money
Will Margie Chandler and Becky Robertson be there. Cause that is not much of a choice. What does Kathy look like?
sgt2

Ashburn, VA

#64 Aug 25, 2008
Mahto
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Roger wrote:
rcp....I'd rather have a black employee that works hard for me than all the other employees like Bersa's relative and welder that talk bad behind my back while they continue to smile to my face every day. Rusty has done stuff illegally so he's not any better than Willie Ray. I have heard great things about Willie Ray and did not know she was actually convicted. Why do you care anyway...do you live in that precinct to even vote? I do so I have the right to write.
Attorney General Abbott Wins Indictments Against Texarkana Official, Two Others For Voter Fraud
Willie J. Ray, Melinda Hunter, Jamillah Johnson indicted for mail-in ballot violations

TEXARKANA – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today obtained indictments against a Texarkana City Council member and two other women for illegally handling mail-in ballots for seniors and other voters during the November 2004 general elections.

A Bowie County grand jury indicted Texarkana Ward 2 City Councilwoman Willie J. Ray, 68, Melinda Hunter, 34, and Jamillah Johnson, 30, on charges of illegally possessing and transporting election ballots of several voters. Ray and Hunter were charged with seven counts each, Johnson with two.

“The integrity of our election process must be protected,” said Attorney General Abbott.“I am pleased to announce these indictments and will make certain that anyone who takes advantage of Texas voters is held accountable.”

The indictment alleges that during the November 2004 general elections, the three women illegally assisted several voters, including some seniors, in filling out applications for mail-in ballots. When the ballots arrived by mail, the women returned to these homes to collect completed ballots and mailed them for the residents.

The charges, Class B misdemeanors, could result in a $2,000 fine and up to six months in county jail. Assistant Attorney General Will Tatum presented the case to the grand jury.

The cases represent the Attorney General’s fifth case since mid-2005 against individuals for voter fraud in Texas. All were investigated and prosecuted on referral from the Texas Secretary of State.

Last month, the mother of a March 2004 primary candidate for Reeves County sheriff and another woman were indicted for illegally possessing and transporting election ballots of several voters.

In December, four individuals were indicted for illegally possessing and transporting election ballots following a May 2005 Robstown Independent School District election in Nueces County. In November, Attorney General Abbott obtained a guilty plea from a Hardeman County Commissioner for collecting mail-in ballots while he was a candidate in the 2004 primary and general elections. In July, a Bee County woman pleaded guilty to charges of mailing an absentee ballot in the name of her deceased mother.

Among those pursued were Willie Ray, a member of the Texarkana City Council, and her granddaughter, Jamillah Johnson. They helped homebound senior citizens get absentee ballots in the 2004 general election and mailed them after they'd been filled out.

Both women pleaded guilty to mishandling the mail-in ballots, said the attorney general's office. They were fined $200 and given probation.!!!!! This lady is the only black employee stone has ever hired. Unfortunatley her job in 2004 was to illegally harvest ballots for jack stone. go jack go!!!!!!
Hellcat

De Queen, AR

#65 Aug 25, 2008
*yawn*

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