Friday, August 31, 2012

Lott to appeal ballot decision with Supreme Court

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

After Judge Moody ruled that Kaitlin Lott, a UALR computer science student,missed petitioning onto the City Board ballot by one signature, Lott says she will appeal the decision to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Her intent is no longer to make the ballot, which is scheduled to print today. According to her lawyer David Couch, "The one signature Moody didn't count was because the voter didn't list her residence, she just listed her city as Little Rock. We think this is unfair. The address requirement is there as an aid to the clerk to help verify voter status. But there is no doubt that this woman is a registered voter — her status could be verified by address and birthday...so Kaitlin has decided to appeal to the Supreme Court so that there will be a decision on record to prevent this scenario from happening again...the prevailing logic in other cases seems to be that if a registered voter can be otherwise verified, her signature will count." Kaitlin mentioned that in other states, there are even instances of signatures counting if the name on the petition doesn't match the name on record. "For example, if someone gets married and writes her married name rather than the name she is registered under, but if her registration status can be verified through things such as tax records, her signature may count," she said.

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