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MA Sanders Voters File Suit Against Bill Clinton for Campaigning Inside Polling Stations
Claiming the harm suffered was neither "trivial nor inconsequential," a group called MA Sanders Voters and Volunteers Disenfranchised by Bill Clinton has announced they have officially filed suit against former president Bill Clinton and MA Secretary of State William Galvin for "vote dilution" on the day of the Massachusetts Democratic primary (Boston District Court Docket #16-CV-10631.)
The complaint has been filed by a plaintiff member of the group in Boston Federal District Court. The suit asks that the judge award all MA Democratic delegates to Bernie Sanders as a remedy and a deterrent to the alleged violations of voting law by Bill Clinton and the MA Secretary of State, who allowed Clinton's activity inside the 150 foot boundary declared by MA law as off-limits to campaigning by candidates and their supporters.
The litigant rejects the MA Secretary of State's contention that Bill Clinton was not campaigning when he can be seen in videos and photographs meeting and greeting election workers and others inside at least two polling stations. (See HubPages "Sanders Voters in MA to Sue Bill Clinton for Trampling on Voting Rights - Seek Delegates be Awarded to Bernie.")
The complaint argues:
"This notion is beyond absurd...In his very person, [Bill Clinton] amounts to a walking, talking sign for Hillary."
The plaintiff alleges that Bill Clinton's entrance into the fray was neither random nor accidental, but strategically calculated by Clinton to swing the result of the elections toward his wife Hillary. The complaint reads:
"By the end of the day Hillary Clinton had eked out a narrow victory by 1.4%, which represented about 16,800 votes. The narrow victory in this closely watched race, deemed “critical” for each candidate, bolstered the Clinton candidacy in future primaries, making this a live and active issue to the present day."
The complaint notes that, on primary day, a recent poll showed 8% of MA Democratic primary voters as "undecided" between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, which would represent about 100,000 votes, in an election in which around 1.2 million people voted in the Democratic primary. The complaint states:
"Given the large number of “undecided” voters and the extremely narrow margin of victory for Hillary Clinton, there was sufficient fluidity in the race for Bill Clinton’s illegal electioneering to have made a significant impact, and to have reversed the verdict of the voters by handing victory to Clinton rather than to Sanders. With 100,00 undecided voters and a margin of victory of only 16,800 votes, it is eminently plausible that Bill Clinton impacted the final result."
The official docket number for the civil action will be available from the Clerk of the Boston District Court on Thursday, title Cody v. Clinton. A draft copy of the complaint is available here.
CONTACT FOR MA Sanders Voters and Volunteers Disenfranchised by Bill Clinton: Tom, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Disclosure: The author is a member-supporter of MA Sanders Voters and Volunteers Disenfranchised by Bill Clinton.)