Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Judge blocks Michigan's Jan. 15th primary

Breaking on the Detroit News- it's back to the drawing board.

An Ingham County Circuit Court judge today ruled that Michigan's Jan. 15 presidential primary cannot be held.

Judge William Collette said the contest is unconstitutional because it allocated public money to be used for a private purpose, which would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature. The law passed this summer establishing the contest didn't pass by a two-thirds vote.

"Clearly there's an injury to the public interest," said Collette.

At issue are lists with the names of voters who take part in the Jan 15 balloting. Under the law, voters would have to request one ballot or the other, and the Republican and Democratic parties would take sole ownership of the lists of who voted in each contest.

This will be appealed by those fighting for the primary. Stay tuned...