Open Letter Re: Infringement of Voting Rights in Illinois

OPEN LETTER TO Independent Presidential Candidates:
 
Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party
Rocky Anderson, Justice Party
Virgil Goode, Constitution Party
Michael Hawkins, Independent
 
RE: Infringement of Voting Rights in Illinois

It has come to our attention that the attempt to have your names removed from the Illinois ballot as presidential candidates in the November, 2012 general election is not an isolated incident but part and parcel of an ongoing pattern of abuse extending over many years, which is highly suggestive of a corrupt and unlawful combination or conspiracy to abrogate the voting rights of  the people of the state of Illinois.

Consequently, I urge you, either individually or preferably jointly, to take the following actions not only in defense of your own rights as candidates and as citizens, but in defense of the voting rights of the people of Illinois, and of all Americans.

(1) Please take legal action to have the challenge against your petitions, which is currently pending before the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE), removed to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois on the grounds of evidence that the petition challenges at Bar form part of a pattern of abuse that is indicative of an unlawful combination in furtherance of the suppression of the votes of third-party voters  in the state of Illinois in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and of the 15th Article of Amendment to the United States Constitution;

(2) Please consider filing a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, requesting an investigation of allegations that Messrs. Rob Sherman, Chairperson of the Cook County, Illinois, Green Party; Andrew Finko [1], Mr. Sherman’s attorney; and John Fogarty, chief counsel to the Illinois Republican Party; and the Illinois State Board of Elections have engaged in an ongoing pattern of corrupt combination and abuse in furtherance of a scheme to suppress the votes of third-party voters  in the state of Illinois in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and of the 15th Article of Amendment to the United States Constitution;

We have reason to believe that you would be able to obtain pro bono legal representation should you decide to pursue either or both of the foregoing suggested courses of action.  

==John H. Reynolds

Secretary, Bronx County Green Party

End Notes

[1] Concerning Andrew Finko, Esq.: We are in possession of documentary evidence that Mr. Finko actively participated in a media circus which was orchestrated around the confirmation of Rahm Emmanuel as mayor of Chicago.  The public has a right to know whether Andrew Finko was at that time working for Rahm Emmanuel or in collusion with John Fogarty, and whether the relationship, in either case, is ongoing.   Furthermore, Andrew Finko should be placed under oath, and required to DISCLOSE his secret client list.

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One Response to “Open Letter Re: Infringement of Voting Rights in Illinois”

  1. Tom Siracuse Says:

    I am very perplexed over the action of Rob sherman, chair of the Cook County Illinois Green Party, to get third party candidates off the ballot. Although there have been times that candidates pop up to get on the ballot with no credible oganization and submit peitions with no credible amouint of signatures, this is clearly not the case in Sherman’s challenges. The Green Party has been the victim of unjustified challenges by the two major parties as well as unfair election rules to keep independent parties off the ballot and should NOT be invoved in these practices. I urge the Illinois State Committee of the Green Party to censure Rop Sherman and apologize to the independent parties under challenge.
    Tom Siracuse, Chair of the New York County (Manhattan)
    Green Party

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