McDaniel Sues Rankin County Clerk Over Access To Poll Books (READ)

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, speaks at a rally on his behalf in Flowood, Miss., Monday, June 23, 2014. McDaniel is in a runoff against long-time U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran for the GOP nomination for senate. (... State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, speaks at a rally on his behalf in Flowood, Miss., Monday, June 23, 2014. McDaniel is in a runoff against long-time U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran for the GOP nomination for senate. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) MORE LESS
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State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) is suing the Rankin County Circuit Clerk over access to poll books of elections results of the runoff election for U.S. Senate between McDaniel and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

Specifically, McDaniel accuses Circuit Clerk Rebecca Boyd of preventing public access to the poll books.

Boyd’s lawyer, Rankin Board of Supervisors attorney Craig Slay, told The Clarion-Ledger that the charge seems to be based on a misunderstanding of who can see the poll books after an election. According to Slay, Boyd can withhold the poll books for 21 days after the election. After that the public can have access to the books after key personal information is redacted, according to Slay.

The challenge by McDaniel is one of the latest steps he’s taken since the runoff (which Cochran won).

McDaniel has accused certain county clerks of preventing access to poll books as McDaniel and his supporters pore over the books in search of examples of election fraud. McDaniel argues that he is the rightful winner of the runoff because he won the most Republican votes while Cochran won through support of Democrats and voter fraud.

Read the complaint filed by McDaniel below:

Petition (McDaniel vs Boyd)

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  1. Aren’t R’s traditionally against trial lawyers?

  2. I’m still looking for evidence that they believe in the rule of law.

  3. “McDaniel argues that he is the rightful winner of the runoff because he won the most Republican votes while Cochran won through support of Democrats and voter fraud.”

    This is an unfair and incomplete description of the McDaniel’s argument, as the reporter left out the core legal principle of “arglebargle”.

  4. Wow. It really looks like Mcdaniel is in this until the bitter end, meaning he could and might do everything in his power to actually prevent Thad Cochran from reelection. That would be something!

  5. This is starting to turn into such a MAD situation on the GOP side they may yet turn both GOP names in Akin-Rapey mud before this political fist-fight is over.

    Lovin’ it.

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