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Senator sues Kootenai County

Jorgenson alleges clerk acted improperly on opponent's vote status

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Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 9:46 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson is suing Kootenai County.

Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, filed suit against county clerk Dan English last week, alleging that English acted improperly by not declaring Steven Vick - a candidate for Jorgenson's District 3 Senate seat - ineligible to vote in Kootenai County.

Jorgenson earlier filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's office contending that Vick shouldn't be allowed to run for the seat because of the registration mix up.

The recent suit alleges that English, in his role as clerk, should have maintained and updated registrations of individuals no longer meeting the necessary qualifications.

The suit is seeking a reversal of Vick's status, declaring him a non-registered voter in Kootenai County and for further relief as the court deems just.

The primary election is May 25.

Vick, who first moved to Idaho in 2004, had moved to Montana for three months in 2006, during which time he registered to vote and ran for office in Lewis and Clark County.

English said Kootenai County wasn't notified Vick had moved or registered to vote in Montana, and when Vick moved back to Kootenai County he was informed by Kootenai County he did not need to re-register, as his voting status had never changed.

Marilyn Bracken, elections supervisor for Lewis and Clark County said the department doesn't notify other counties and districts to cancel individuals' previous registrations when new residents sign up to vote there - largely due to the department's workload.

Jorgenson couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

"It's not my first choice," English said of the suit. "It's just part of the process. It doesn't look like to me that anybody did anything wrong.

"We weren't notified by the state of Montana," he said.

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  • jackhope posted at 12:47 pm on Fri, Jun 8, 2012.

    jackhope Posts: 9

    Lewis and Clark County said the department doesn't notify other counties and districts to cancel individuals' previous registrations when new residents s
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  • jackhope posted at 9:08 am on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    jackhope Posts: 9

    The law is on Jorgenson's side? What is the intent of this law when there are no systems in place to protect the law? What is Vick's crime? Jorgenson's crime is whining. I'm registered and voting for Vick
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  • jackhope posted at 11:35 am on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    jackhope Posts: 9

    The law is on Jorgenson's side? What is the intent of this law when there are no systems in place to protect the law?
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  • hamidshaikh posted at 10:17 pm on Sat, Jul 30, 2011.

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  • Person Guyz posted at 2:15 am on Thu, Jul 28, 2011.

    Person Guyz Posts: 101

    Quite contrare insider, I will vote for those thatare by the law and want transparency.
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  • Magnum posted at 10:25 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.

    Magnum Posts: 1065

    Gotta say, VICK all the way![smile]

     
  • RegisteredAndVoting posted at 9:29 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.

    RegisteredAndVoting Posts: 5

    Vick did everything he was suppose to. He went into the county before he ever was running for office and tried to re-register to vote. The law is on Jorgenson's side? What is the intent of this law when there are no systems in place to protect the law? What is Vick's crime? Jorgenson's crime is whining. I'm registered and voting for Vick.

     
  • sharetheplanet posted at 6:31 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.

    sharetheplanet Posts: 809

    Quite contrare insider, I will vote for those thatare by the law and want transparency.

    my vote is for Jorgenssn.

     
  • Insider posted at 12:46 pm on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    Insider Posts: 360

    Jorgi just signed his political headstone. Done Mike, done. Time to move along. Frivilous and petty to do this, way to go out with a whimper.

     
  • The Late Louis Nizer posted at 11:32 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    The Late Louis Nizer Posts: 188

    straight up, the law is on Jorgenson's side in this. Idaho Code 34-107 Residency defined: at (5) says

    If a qualified elector moves to another state, or to any of the other territories, with the intention of making it his permanent home, he shall be considered to have lost his residence in this state.

    Vick moved to Montana, clearly intending to make it his permanent home as evidenced by his registering to vote and filing papers of candidacy for public office there. When he did that, he lost his residence in Idaho.
    He told the County Elections Office staff that when he moved back to Idaho. Vick knew he had to register again in Idaho, and English denied it. English violated the law. Jorgenson is suing English for violating the law. Vick should be talking with an attorney about a federal civil rights action against English.

     
  • straight up posted at 9:14 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    straight up Posts: 927

    Is Sen Jorgenson's tactic really much different from our own President's? Knock out your opponent any way you can. Dirty politics and brass knuckles. With someone as beloved as Obama setting the example, is it any wonder these type of tactics ares used? Look at where it got Obama - the White House.

    " As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers.

    The move denied each of them, including incumbent Alice Palmer, a longtime Chicago activist, a place on the ballot. It cleared the way for Obama to run unopposed on the Democratic ticket in a heavily Democrat district.

    "That was Chicago politics," said John Kass, a veteran Chicago Tribune columnist. "Knock out your opposition, challenge their petitions, destroy your enemy, right? It is how Barack Obama destroyed his enemies back in 1996 that conflicts with his message today. He may have gotten his start registering thousands of voters. But in that first race, he made sure voters had just one choice."

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  • Thaddeus posted at 8:58 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Jorgi is setting up his excuse for why he lost. Shows how pathetic he really is. He must be getting life lessons instructions from Brannon.

     
  • The Late Louis Nizer posted at 7:17 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    The Late Louis Nizer Posts: 188

    English is once again dissembling.

    In 2006 Vick notified Kootenai County Clerk English's office of his desire to register to vote in Idaho. Vick no doubt told the Kootenai County Elections Office staff that he had moved to Montana. He may even have told them he registered to vote there and filed for candidacy there. That notification by Vick to the English's staff should have triggered their followup to determine that Vick did, in fact, need to register again in Idaho since his former Idaho registration was legally cancelled by his change of residency to Montana.

    The actual complaint Jorgenson's attorney filed and the documents that support it are on opencda-dot-com.

     
  • rollingthunder posted at 7:04 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    rollingthunder Posts: 340

    Jorgenson you need to go, Your earlier antics convinced me that Vick was the one to vote for and now I am glad I did.

     
  • TakeBackTheUSA posted at 4:54 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    TakeBackTheUSA Posts: 765

    ANY politician that sues the tax payers of this county can't possibly imagine that they have ANY sort of political future. If this moron is so callous as to waste county resources for a frivolous lawsuit, just imagine what they'd do if they could get their hands on any sort of budget. Hey, Jorgenson , hit the road.

     
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