I disagree with the Optic’s “Thumbs Up” of Friday, Feb. 12, of a “good ruling.” I am in the position of having won the battle — i.e., the court ruled that the city clerk should have allowed me to file for the office and that a faxed copy of my voter registration should have been accepted. The city clerk would not allow me to file because she wouldn’t accept a faxed copy of my voter registration. Why would I get a copy sent to the city clerk’s office if she would not accept it anyway?
The deputy county clerk was also present at the city clerk’s office, but would not get involved even though he was there, at the city clerk’s office, presumably to oversee the process. Neither of the clerks was able to do their jobs or they didn’t want any other candidates filing.
During the hearing, the district judge asked me if I was willing to pay for the printing of the ballots at a cost of $8,000. My response was that I hadn’t made the mistake — the city clerk had. By asking me if I would be willing to pay for the reprinting of the ballots, the judge was implying that the only way to get my name on the ballot was if I paid for the reprinting of the ballots myself. According to Mr. Paul Maez, deputy county clerk, they were waiting for the results of the hearing to give final instructions to the company that was printing the ballots. I contend that since it was not my error that kept me off the ballot in the first place, the burden of paying for the ballot should have been borne by the city and not me.
Any citizen who wants to run for office would feel disenfranchised under similar circumstances. No candidate should be expected to pay for the printing of ballots or any other election costs, as this is prohibitive and a violation of a person’s right to run for any office they so choose. Had I been you, I would have given the judge a “thumbs up” for accepting my argument that the city clerk erred, and a “thumbs down” because he did not allow me to have my name on the ballot.
Now, people will have to write my name of the ballot, which means it will be a history-setting event if I were to prevail. Ultimately, the voters will make the final decision.
Patrick E. Romero