A judge refused Friday to overturn the Prince William County electoral board’s decision to block Republican efforts to hold primary nominating contests for several incumbent members of the Board of Supervisors.
After a court hearing, Judge Paul Sheridan said he doesn’t believe he has the authority to tell the county electoral board to reverse its position on the matter, which began when Republican party officials missed the state deadline for requesting primary elections for Prince William County board of supervisors chair Corey Stewart and three other Republican incumbents who wanted them.
“It’s not for a judge, in light of all this, to tell a political party or state and local agencies how to proceed,” said Sheridan, a retired Arlington County judge brought in to hear the case, which has roiled political waters in Prince William County.
So the incumbents have been screwed. Perhaps just as important is the fact that the voters have been screwed. For example, I cannot vote for anyone in the fire house primary. I don’t pass the Republican purity test. I voted in a Democratic primary in the past 5 years. I also voted in a Republican primary, being an Independent. I also cannot vote because I vote absentee. You cannot vote absentee in a firehouse primary.
It’s a sad day for both incumbents and voters. I have no idea why the deadline was missed but it just isn’t right. To the general public, it looks like there is some voter fraud going on. I am not sure how, but eventually something will leak out. I just find it incredibly strange and non-random that the targeted people have been boxed in to this situation. I expect there will be a lot of “pew packing” at the firehouse primaries to make sure that the incumbents are ousted.
I hope if that happens that the incumbents run as independents. I will set aside a little money to donate to their campaigns should that happen. Fair is fair. And this situation wasn’t fair. I still smell a rat…a big one.