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Yes, last year a Democratic candidate for Congress was tossed overboard by the Maryland Democratic Party when it came out she'd voted in Florida and Maryland ... in the same elections. In an op-ed, Wendy Rosen says it was "civil disobedience."

I voted twice. It was an act of civil disobedience in recognition of the millions of legitimate voters who have been illegally prevented from voting or having their votes counted, during the past four presidential elections.

The fact is, in some states officials take great effort to keep Americans, especially the poor and minorities from voting. Precincts in poor areas have so few voting machines that long lines force voters to stand in line for as long as four to six hours.

State files charges:

Rosen out of Maryland 1st race against Harris:

Rosen conviction:

From Bryan Sears, Towson Patch:

The statement released today appears to contradict her explanation she gave to the Baltimore Sun last fall.

Rosen told the paper she registered in Florida in order to support "a very close friend" who was running for St. Petersburg City Council as well as to vote for local issues there, according to the paper's published report on Sept. 14.

... Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John Grason Turnbull II sentenced Rosen to two concurrent suspended one-year jail terms, five years of probation and a $5,000 fine. Rosen was also ordered to serve 500 hours of community service.

The shame is that she won the primary, against someone local to us here, by a tiny margin, 100 votes or so. John LaFerla was a perfectly good candidate who stepped back up after she was dropped. He did very poorly as a write-in, which is the only alternative he had at that point.

Personally, I find it hard to credit her explanation, and no one who's seen it has reacted differently. After all, the point of civil disobedience is to get arrested, as publicly as possible, and create the biggest stir you can.

Let's see whether she goes forward as a full-time advocate for voting rights reform.

Originally posted to dadadata on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 01:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.


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