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Yesterday I posted a Rec-list diary in which I (and Michigan's 8th District Democratic Party) accused Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land's office of attempting to stonewall the removal of Kande Ngalamulume (the Democratic primary winner who dropped out of the race and left the state a week after the filing deadline) from the ballot, thus preventing the Michigan Democratic Party from replacing Mr. Ngalamulume with a new candidate, progressive Democrat Lance Enderle.

While it took Ngalamulume an absurdly lengthy period of time to finally get around to providing formal proof of his move out of Michigan to Pennsylvania (thus making him legally ineligible to run for Congress in Michigan), proof of his Pennsylvania voter registration was eventually sent to the Michigan SoS almost two weeks ago.

The Secretary of State's office declined at the time to remove Ngalamulume from the ballot, stating that they still hadn't received a notarized letter from him specifically requesting that he be removed from the ballot.

That documentation was provided to the SoS, via hand delivery, on August 20.

However, over the next six days, the SoS office still did not remove Ngalamulume from the ballot--even though they did remove him from their voter registration list. In the meantime, with a replacement candidate patiently waiting, the clock ticking and the 60-day deadline for printing up the absentee ballots quickly approaching, the 8th Democratic Congressional Committee took action, issuing a press release in which they accused Michigan's Republican Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land, of putting up roadblocks to prevent Ngalamulume's removal and replacement with Enderle.

Today, I am happy to report, the Michigan Secretary of State's office has stated that Ngalamulume has, FINALLY, been formally removed from the ballot:

Michigan Secretary of State Spokesperson Kelly Chesney today said allegations made by members of the 8th Congressional District that Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land is attempting to block the group from naming a replacement candidate for the party’s previous nominee are completely off base...

“Now ( Ngalamulume’s) name will not appear on the ballot,” Chesney said...The Democratic Party can now select whomever they would like to replace Mr. Ngalamulume.”

So...two things.

FIRST OF ALL... Hallelujah! House Wreck II: The Wrath of Kande is finally at an end, some 86 days after he dropped out of the race in the first place (and just 67 days before the election). The way is now cleared for Lance to be formally added to the 8th Congressional District Democratic ballot line. Hooray!!

Secondly, there's the matter of the SoS's explanation for the delay. From the same article:

[SoS spokesperson Kelly] Chesney Friday said the Secretary of State first needed to verify Ngalamulume’s move to Pennsylvania before he could be taken off the ballot. She said the office received information regarding a change of address — not of new voter registration, which meant Ngalamulume’s name was to stay on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Chesney added the Secretary of State office, after some research, discovered Ngalamulume had registered to vote in one Pennsylvania county when he gave information stating he was registered in another.

“Now ( Ngalamulume’s) name will not appear on the ballot,” Chesney said. “The process is not as simplistic as the Democratic Party would have you believe.

Now, the thing is, I've seen the official Delaware County, Pennsylvania voter registration application receipt that Kande Ngalamulume sent to the Michigan SoS office. It's legitimate, it's included with his notarized letter stating that he has moved to Pennsylvania and in which he specifically requests that his name be removed from the ballot. If I understand what Chesney is saying, she's claiming that Ngalamulume actually registered to vote in a different Pennsylvania county. Why he would have done this is beyond me, and doesn't explain why he'd have a registration receipt (with his name and address on it) in the other county. This also matches a previous media report in which he stated that he had indeed registered to vote in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

OK. Now, there's two things going on here:

First, given Kande Ngalamulume's rather...complex...history in this campaign and a few of his previous actions, it's possible that he could have somehow managed to register to vote in the wrong county. How the hell he could have done this--especially since he provided the actual receipt for his voter registration application from Delaware County, Pennsylvania (where he had already stated he had moved to) to the SoS office--I have no idea. But, it's certainly conceivable.

HOWEVER, at the same time, to the best of my knowledge, the SoS office never explained what exactly the problem was to anyone, and they still had physical possession of ample proof that Ngalamulume was no longer a Michigan resident for at least 6 days, to the point that they had even already removed him from the voter records.

With just 2 days to go before the MDP statewide convention this weekend, and just 8 days to go before the deadline for making changes to the ballot (they need 60 days before the election in order to print up and distribute absentee ballots), getting upset about the seeming inaction was pretty understandable, especially without being given adequate information about the reason for the additional delay.

So...is an apology in order? Well, it still sounds an awful lot to me like there was some stonewalling going on. HOWEVER, as long as Ngalamulume is indeed FINALLY off the ballot--and as long as there's no trouble given about adding Lance to the ballot, given that he's legit and approved by the MI-08 Dems and the MDP--then I, for one, am willing to let it go.

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SO, with all of THOSE headaches finally out of the way...

...I hereby present to you the Democratic Candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District, Lance Enderle!!

So, who is this guy, and how can you help him? Well, my "go-to" answer to that is this excellent piece about Lance from The Political Carnival from shortly before the primary:

I just got off the phone with a someone I could have hung out with for hours. He owns a golden retriever he calls “Dude”, he is a 6th-12th grade social studies teacher going for his masters in special ed at Michigan State, and as lay back and wickedly funny as he is, he’s dead serious about representing the people of Michigan’s 8th district.

And when I say people I mean people. Not corporations. Not BP. Not K Street. Not like Republican Mike Rogers, the incumbent, who really ought to give the HBO movie “Gasland” a little look-see.

Oh, yeah--and I can't forget the money quote:

After talking to him for quite awhile, I could easily draw parallels to Rep. Alan Grayson. IMHO, Enderle could very well become the new most dangerous man in Washington. Sort of an Alan Grayson with a James Earl Jonesish voice.

Yup. She went there.

You guys keep saying you want more Alan Graysons in Congress, right?

Now imagine Alan Grayson with Darth Vader's voice.

How can you help?

Take a guess: Lance's ActBlue Page

Lance Enderle for Congress

Follow Lance on Twitter

Lance's Facebook Page (changing soon, but this is the link for now)

Full Disclosure: I'm being paid a nominal amount to develop and maintain Lance's campaign website. However, any blogging I'm doing to promote his campaign is being done strictly on my own time and my own dime.

Originally posted to Brainwrap on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 07:35 PM PDT.

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    •  Wow, you just can't stop yourself, can you? (0+ / 0-)

      You were dishonest and lied by omission in your previous diary on this topic, as I documented in that previous diary.

      You made claims and assumptions that you couldn't back up, even after being challenged to do so, and you dishonestly suggested that it was I who was "talking in circles", when it was YOU who was not replying to simple questions.

      But, of course, you couldn't simply reply to the questions, because the answers would have destroyed the whole premise of that diary - that your candidate was being unfairly disadvantaged.

      So, I kept on eye on this story, checking every couple of hours on Friday for an update. And, sure enough, every single one of your baseless assumptions was proven wrong in the follow-up stories - that is, unless every local newspaper is ALSO in on the conspiracy against your candidate! Which of course they aren't.

      And I posted in your previous diary, telling you about this new evidence.

      And you failed to acknowledge it at all, in that diary from Thursday or in THIS ONE EITHER.

      And that's dishonest behavior. Below I will provide the same links that debunked your incredible leaps of logic in assuming that the Republican in charge of certifying that one candidate had left the state and should be taken off the ballot was mistreating your candidate.

      You should be ashamed of yourself.

      •  You had no evidence that any obstruction happened (0+ / 0-)

        And you still don't. Here's some of the other resources with info you left out.. Lying by omission is still lying.

        {And, by the way, I don't care about this election at all! I think that it's much better to have a candidate that actually lives in the community, and it sounds like the guy who moved to PA was a real flake, and so it's good riddance to him, and I wish all the best to your candidate. But you shouldn't pass on conspiracy theories about why something didn't happen on the timetable that YOU thought it should have!!!!!}

        8/27/10 - Despite accusations by local Democrats that Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land was stalling the appointment of a nominee for the 8th Congressional District; it appears as if the process is moving forward. Livingston County Democratic Party Chairwoman Judy Daubenmier alleged that Land, who is a Republican, was "...fabricating her own hurdles to try to keep a viable Democratic candidate off the ballot." She made the charge after the Secretary of State’s Office hadn’t removed the name from the ballot of the previous Democratic candidate, Kande Ngalamulume, once he had forwarded materials detailing his move to Pennsylvania and voter registration application there. Kelly Chesney, a spokesperson for Land, tells WHMI that any assertions that the Secretary of State had unduly delayed or blocked the process are "off-base." She said they only received the documentation on Monday and even then it wasn’t Ngalamulume’s voter registration in Pennsylvania but rather a change of address form. She said they had some concerns as it appeared he was still registered to vote in that state while also being listed on the rolls in Michigan. However, they were finally able to make verification that Ngalamulume was no longer a Michigan resident and his name will be removed. That clears the way for the substitution of Lance Enderle as the Democratic opponent to face Republican incumbent Mike Rogers in November. Enderle, an unemployed teacher from Clinton County, is expected to be the selection of the 8th District Democratic Executive Committee to replace Ngalamulume.

        From WHMI

        But what did YOU assert? That they'd provided everything that they'd needed to assert - that they'd provided the voter registration form on Monday. And I asked you to prove what you were asserting, and, of course, you couldn't, you wouldn't, and you didn't.

        Because you couldn't. Because your assertions were not correct!

        This site has to stop pushing these unsupportable conspiracy theories. And part of the way to start that is for diarists to stop going off the deep end with their assumptions!

        AND

        From the Livingston Daily

        Michigan Secretary of State Spokesperson Kelly Chesney today said allegations made by members of the 8th Congressional District that Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land is attempting to block the group from naming a replacement candidate for the party’s previous nominee are completely off base.

        ...

        Chesney Friday said the Secretary of State first needed to verify Ngalamulume’s move to Pennsylvania before he could be taken off the ballot. She said the office received information regarding a change of address — not of new voter registration, which meant Ngalamulume’s name was to stay on the Nov. 2 ballot.

        Chesney added the Secretary of State office, after some research, discovered Ngalamulume had registered to vote in one Pennsylvania county when he gave information stating he was registered in another.

        "Now ( Ngalamulume’s) name will not appear on the ballot," Chesney said.

        "The process is not as simplistic as the Democratic Party would have you believe."

        And here's another thing that WHMI posted!

        Kelly Chesney is a spokeswoman for Land and says they did receive a letter from Ngalamulume about the change but later learned that it wasn’t a new voter registration in Pennsylvania but rather a change of address. Chesney says there was some cause for concern since it was not a new voter registration. She adds that they are trying to resolve the situation quickly since the election is approaching and they need to get ballots printed.

  •  Well, we're halfway there... (8+ / 0-)

    Kande's name is off, so how do we get Lance's name on????

    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK

    by moose67 on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 07:39:03 PM PDT

  •  great news! (7+ / 0-)

    It's all one big mutual backscratch society, the rest of the country be damned. -kos

    by Dopeman on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 07:42:22 PM PDT

  •  Good news. Good luck. (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, CKendall

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -

    by enhydra lutris on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 07:51:21 PM PDT

  •  Sure it's not Katherine Harris* (4+ / 0-)

    who's the Secretary of State now in Michigan?

    *(Florida, 2000. Hanging chads...)

  •  Congrats. (5+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, denig, wader, Spedwybabs, CKendall

    Now you need to tell people who he is, what he stands for.  Being Not Rogers is only a start.

    Can he come here and tell us himself?

    Email me if you would like some help.  See profile.

  •  Congrats! (4+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, LordMike, Sandino, CKendall

    It's this kind of deliberate partisan attempts to hinder the electoral process that Republicans specialize in. Democrats concentrate on making the system work; Republicans concentrate on gaming the system.

    NH4JL DIT '04, NHDP DIT '08!

    by realnrh on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 08:11:50 PM PDT

  •  Does make one wonder if the (1+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap

    Republican secretaries of state have gotten their 2010 voter suppression memo.

    "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

    by CKendall on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 08:12:18 PM PDT

    •  Well at least she didn't burn down the voting (1+ / 0-)
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      CKendall

      machines...yet.

      All bullying needs to stop. Be nice or be gone. And tip and rec the election diaries. We can make a difference when we focus.

      by reddbierd on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 07:37:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Considering the well-documented history of voter (1+ / 0-)
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        reddbierd

        suppression, I am curious as to what planning is underway by the Democrats to deal with it this election and if they will be doing a better job than '04.  I worked with a nonpartisan voter protection group in '04 and was stunned at how many things were being done to gum up the voting in key states for Democrats on the day--and well into the night--of the November general election.  

        We could track voter complaints and problems online and, by mid-morning Pacific time, I could sit in my house in Oregon and see it was clear there were going to HUGE problems with the voting, notably in Ohio.  We had been told there were "rapid response" teams of lawyers and voting experts ready to rush to anywhere there were problems, but I never saw evidence that it happened.  Kerry conceded while Ohio was still in voting chaos.  Are the Democrats going to be better prepared this time?

        "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

        by CKendall on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 11:28:03 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  YAY for 8th District Dems! (1+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap

    Good luck pushing for Enderle; it sounds like the part of Michigan where he's running is quite red :-|

    "Separate but equal" isn't. Anyone kept involuntarily separate can't possibly be considered "equal."

    by 1BQ on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 08:34:41 PM PDT

    •  Well, yes and no... (3+ / 0-)
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      camlbacker, ebiker, Empower Ink

      Mike Rogers won the seat back in 2000 by just a hundred or so votes, the closest Congressional campaign in Michigan's history, I believe, and did so thanks to the so-called "Rogers' Law" which disenfranchised thousands of college students--which was kind of important in E. Lansing, where Michigan State University is located:

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      Since then the district has remained slightly red overall, but Obama won it pretty handily in 2008 and the Dems have, for some reason, never seemed that interested in winning back. Hopefully that'll change this year :)

  •  Now, THIS is the kind of diary that belongs (3+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, Dirk McQuigley, paj1

    on the rec list.

    "Fight until we win. Fight until there are jobs and healthcare and peace." -- Kwickkick

    by shenderson on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 10:35:11 PM PDT

  •  Good job...tipped and recced. Way to hang in (0+ / 0-)

    there. This diary and diarist reminds me of that old orange blog we used to see now and then. Forget the name of it.

    All bullying needs to stop. Be nice or be gone. And tip and rec the election diaries. We can make a difference when we focus.

    by reddbierd on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 07:36:28 AM PDT

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