Looks like Gant tried to pull another partisan hat trick, I wonder how much he is costing us in legal fees?
Judge: Democratic candidate can be on ballot
Posted: May 25, 2012 11:12 AM CDT Updated: May 25, 2012 11:12 AM CDT
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A judge says a university professor from Mitchell can be placed on the November ballot as a candidate for the South Dakota House.
The state’s chief election officer, Secretary of State Jason Gant, had rejected the nominating petition filed by David Mitchell because Mitchell did not list his political party on one line of the document. But Circuit Judge Mark Barnett says Mitchell substantially complied with requirements because other lines on the document clearly show he is running as a Democrat.
Gant also had argued that Mitchell’s nominating petition was invalid because Mitchell notarized the document himself. But Gant dropped that argument during a court hearing in Pierre on Friday after evidence submitted by Mitchell indicated at least one other legislative candidate might have notarized his own nominating petition.