posted on Oct, 26 2012 @ 12:21 PM
reply to post by longlostbrother
it's going on all over
in PR 330,000 puertoricans just lost their right to vote in the upcoming elections
because they did not register or vote in 2008
yep thats how the laws in PR work
the party in power moved heaven and earth to keep them off the rolls claiming that many of them could be imported to vote for opposing parties
and was recently backed by
the 1st circuit of appeals quickly agreed stating the process of clearing them was to onerous so screw em
spanish article www.elnuevodia.com...
Quick "no" from Boston
With the ruling left out 330.902 voters excluded from the electoral registerBy Yanira Hernandez Cabiya / yanira.hernandez @ gfrmedia.com
The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled last night ordered the Election Commission (EC) a special process that would allow Puerto Ricans
vote of 330,000 voters excluded from the electoral register on the grounds that there are "serious problems" to make possible this mechanism.
The decision was made to vote for judges and Jeffrey Howard Lipiz Kermit and dissent of Judge Juan R. Boricua Torruella.
"The panel majority concluded that serious viability problems prevent granting the relief sought by the plaintiffs. Therefore the decision of the
district court denying the request for a preliminary injunction is affirmed, "reads the decision came down last night four hours after the parties to
present their latest memos.
"The court recognized the level of incompetence of the judge (Hector) Conty and the State Elections Commission and therefore can not provide a remedy
despite having violated the rights of some citizens by not allowing them to vote," said Charlie Hernandez, lawyer Myrna Colon Marrero, one of the
The representative also for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) stressed that the court recognized the plaintiffs' argument regarding the application
of the Puerto Rico Federal law prohibits voters vote to waive that choose not to participate in an election.
"Shame to Puerto Rico to defend the government is that it is incapable. The ineptitude can not be a weapon to attack the rights of citizens, "he said
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commissioner New Progressive Party (PNP), World Edwin Rios said he was "extremely pleased" with the outcome of the case.
"This reaffirms that here will decide the election people are entitled," said World Rivers.
The PNP approach was to allow the vote of these 330,000 people opened the possibility of fraud, because it would allow people who do not live on the
island or moved in the past three years and were not challenged for being off the charts, could with their vote to decide any of the remaining races
in this election.
The PNP also argued that if federal law were to apply in Puerto Rico, would impact only the choice of resident commissioner, who is the only federal
position by voting Puerto Ricans.
Boston's decision was taken despite the Carmen Consuelo Vargas federal judge who presided over the evidentiary hearing in San Juan, recommended
Wednesday that the vote be allowed according to the plan proposed by Mr. Héctor Luis Acevedo, who suggested that the electors voting on the method of
"added by hand."
But the judge warned that the court should order a special process to address the challenge by election day and that such action is prohibited by the
new Electoral Code.
To put all the operating functions necessary to ensure these voters vote, Vargas also warned that the decision to Boston should occur today.
In a short essay judges appreciated the detailed and careful with that Judge Vargas presented the findings of the evidentiary hearing. That same judge
rejected the request for preliminary injunction when it was originally made by the applicants in September.
The Electoral Law of Puerto Rico provides that an elector who does not participate in a general election is automatically excluded from the electoral
lists. The Popular Democratic Party (PPD) had joined the lawsuit initiated two voters by stating that this provision of the law is
If the appellate court had granted the relief sought by the applicant Colon Marrero, the Election Commission (EC) had had a tight schedule to
implement the changes necessary to ensure the vote of 330.902 voters.
Lawyers for the defendant, Jose Nieto representing the Election Commission (EC), Adrian Diaz on behalf of the Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party
(PPR) and David Indiano by the New Progressive Party (PNP), insisted until late the court that such inclusion was impossible for the little time that
remains until the elections. But above all, the risk that the inclusion of these voters represent to the Puerto Rican purity of the election
In a letter that exceeded 10 pages requiring the court, the PNP stated that, even if the court would like to implement the mechanism proposed by
Héctor Luis Acevedo, this would not be possible before the short time I have to implement it.
In an appearance before the Hospital Association, the Governor and gubernatorial candidate for the PNP, Luis Fortuño, questioned how it would ensure
"that a person who moved to Orlando in recent years, who voted in advance in Orlando, as 25% of Florida voters are going to do, do not come here and
vote here too. "
"That's my concern, that here we have to do things correctly, with the more liberal as possible, but do them properly and ensure the purity of the
process," Fortuño reiterated at a press conference.
Both the PNP and the PPR agreed that, if the court understood that the National Law Voter Registration (Navora) and the Law to Help American Vote Act
(HAVA) applied in Puerto Rico, these would be limited to the position of Resident Commissioner which is the only federal race on the Island
This would imply, however, that the court should order the EEC separate ballots printed for these voters with the resident commissioner race only.
In this regard, referred to the testimony of one of the executives of the company responsible for printing ballots, who said he has enough paper to
print new ballots.
Meanwhile, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) separately proposed that this case should be treated as was done with the uniform federal law for
absentee voting citizens abroad.
The president of the EEC, Hector Conty, said in court that this statute, which was put into effect for the first time in Puerto Rico, will allow all
military and merchant marine domiciled in the Island will receive four ballots have been provided personally enrolled in a Permanent Registration
The DPP also argued that, to ensure the purity of the process and ensure that their orders are carried out, the appellate court should retain
jurisdiction of the case.
But the PNP said that the proposal of the plaintiffs, that the court would leave the development, implementation and monitoring of the remedy to be
ordered would "federalize" state elections in the island
Both the PNP and the PPR questioned the need to go into all the complicated process by which voters had a chance to activate during the past three
years on several occasions and did not willingly.
"Elections in Puerto Rico are usually decided by fewer than 50,000 votes. Its citizens are not worth the risk that tends to give this remedy. Not when
the plaintiffs were not diligent in getting your claim, "reads the motion of the PNP.
edit tom add
while the NPP[pro-statehood party] is currently sucking up to his O-ness
they are traditionally republican
back in the 40's and 50's there were these "republican mobs" that paid late night visits to people voting for other parties
and would attack them with machetes or burn their houses down.
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