Thursday, October 25, 2012

Republicans urge vote for ineligible candidate in Faulkner County

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:22 AM

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A Conway reader who actually inspects political doorhangers sends along a photo of one she received from Faulkner County Republicans this week.

Note that it recommends a vote in Justice of the Peace District 5 for Republican Mark Bailey, who was found to be using a vacant mobile home lot as justification for residency in his JP district. Which is not proper.

He has resigned from the county governing body, the Quorum Court, and urged voters to cast a ballot for Green Party candidate Michael Yoder, the only other candidate.

Faulkner County Republicans are nonetheless recommending a vote for the illegal candidate. Bailey won't be eligible to serve. I can't check all the legal angles at this moment, but I was told by the secretary of state that election of an ineligible candidate in an East Arkansas state legislative district would trigger a special election there. If that's the case at the JP level, you could see a method in the madness of the Faulkner County Republican Party in a "vote-for-the-ineligible" endorsement. Another scenario outlined in the Log Cabin Democrat would allow appointment to a vacancy to be filled by the Quorum Court.

UPDATE: Jim Lynch tells me he did a little research and, based on information from the Association of Arkansas Counties, determined that the law provides for the governor, not the quorum court, to fill a vacancy if one is declared on a quorum court. That would seem to be the case if an ineligible person is elected.

The simple solution — and the correct one if fairness and honesty matter — is to vote Green. (And for the governor to appoint the only qualified candidate in this election should an ineligible candidate win.) This is but another hint at the situational ethics of the Republican Party, which is promising deliverance from calcified, dishonest, win-at-all-costs politics. It is also supporting the election of the likes of Jon Hubbard, Loy Mauch and Charlie Fuqua to the state legislature. The South Shall Rise Again.

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