A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by losing 1st Ward aldermanic candidate Judy Fiske against the election’s winner, Cheryl Wollin, and Northwestern University, which accused the school of trying to swing student votes to Ms. Wollin. Details from the Chicago Tribune.

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  1. Mercy Killing in Evanston
    Regarding “Mercy Killing” in Evanston
    Outsiders know Cook County as the land of wink-and-nod, where dead people vote. This is why a “mercy killing” in Evanston’s First Ward is not a surprise. The Evanston Review reported in the Aug. 31 edition, that the year and half long, First Ward election contest had been dismissed in Federal court.

    Ms. Fiske’s quest for a recount became a three-ring circus. Why? Because legal maneuvers were used not only to discredit the candidate’s claims, but also to deprive the candidate of due process. No court in Illinois has heard candidate’s election contest, at all. The fact that the Federal court declined jurisdiction doesn’t mean, of course, that the election was clean. That question remains unsolved and now, thanks to this process, is nearly, unsolvable.

    Does it matter if the first ward got the alderman they chose? Does it matter if illegal tactics were used in the election? In a democracy it does.

    What is the Evanston League of Women Voters doing? Why, writing essays about the death penalty, of course.
    All across the country many counties and states are involved in scrutinizing what happens to a citizen’s vote after it is cast. There is a need to consider the handling of ballots, voting machines, software certifications, memory packs and tabulators in Evanston. Have we all forgotten the recent memory of the March 2005 election in Cook County, where new machines were used, and so many errors and mistakes occurred? In order for democracy and election integrity to remain viable in Evanston, which is in Cook County, it is important, that Evanston voters’ pay attention to what is playing out in Ohio, Florida, and California.

    Unfortunately, Illinois, and Cook County in particular, are still in the land of wink-and-nod.


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