Attorney General's Lawsuit Thrown Out

In this update: 1. Judge tosses out Van Hollen voter-check lawsuit 2. Longtime voter removed from voter rolls for being dead 3. Democracy or republic? Attorney General’s Lawsuit Thrown Out

Email date: 10/23/08

In this update:
1. Judge tosses out Van Hollen voter-check lawsuit
2. Longtime voter removed from voter rolls for being dead
3. Democracy or republic?

A circuit court judge today dismissed a lawsuit by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen challenging the handling of voter registration checks by state election authorities. For more on today’s ruling, go here.

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Reports of dead people voting seemingly have been a part of American political lore for as long as elections have been held in this country. Now there’s a new twist to this old story . . . a living voter whose registration was invalidated because he was listed as "dead."

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Was America founded as a democracy? Or a republic? Both? Neither? Our nation’s founders were not of one mind on the subject, and judging from our mail more than two centuries operating under the system hasn’t settled the matter. That’s the subject of our latest Big Money Blog.