Riley has an update on the delegate filings for the 51st District convention today, and reports that Faisal Gill filed fifty duplicate delegate forms (although he submitted them in alphabetical order, I’m told) and that sixty-eight forms were submitted for persons not registered to vote. In comparison, Julie Lucas submitted two delegate forms that were duplicates. In what seems like an attempt to salvage those sixty-eight delegate forms from being disqualified under Article 1 of the party plan, Faisal’s campaign is attempting to obtain an interpretation of that section in the plan which would allow delegates to file voter registrations right up until the date of the convention.
And just how would someone be able to verify that those voter registrations would be valid? They can’t. This crazy idea would open up the nominating process to all sorts of potential problems, and hopefully the RPV will soon put a stop to this foolish notion. You’d think that when a delegate signs his form, which states that they’re eligible to vote, they wouldn’t then have to run out and try to make themselves eligible to vote after the fact. It’s too bad those forms don’t contain a statement which would make false statements legally punishable.
So much for the idea of Faisal Gill appealing to Republicans. He has to sign up as delegates a substantial number of people who haven’t even bothered to vote before, and aren’t even registered to vote? If Faisal Gill has to go to these lengths to sign up delegates, I can only imagine what else close inspection of his delegate forms would reveal.
UPDATE: Lest anyone be confused about this, the statement which applicants sign begins with this:
Qualifications for participation: All legal and qualified voters of the 51st District under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia…
Apparently a few readers making comments elsewhere haven’t quite figured this out.
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