Judd suing Idaho Dems


From the snail mail department: Keith Russell Judd, Idaho’s third most popular Democrat running for president, is making a last ditch effort to get some delegates.

The federal inmate, who appeared next to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Idaho’s (and only Idaho’s) Democratic presidential ballot last month, is suing the Idaho State Democratic Party.

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa approved Judd for the Democratic ballot based on a $1,000 check, a few bad phone numbers and “some checking,” according to the Spokesman Review. Ysursa said he had no legal reason to exclude Judd.

Judd now argues that the February 5 Idaho caucuses were unconstitutional and that the party should use the results of the May 27 primary election instead.

Judd, who remains imprisoned at a minimum security federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, mailed his complaint to Ada County District Court on April 22, anticipating a win on May 27. He was confident he'd beat both Clinton and presumptive nominee Obama based on reports from unnamed “television broadcasters,” according to the “EMERGENCY ELECTION INJUNCTION” complaint he filed.

Judd did receive 734 votes in Idaho on May 27, nearly 2 percent of the total.

His lawsuit did not arrive in Ada County district court until June 2, according to a date stamp. It is before Judge Deborah Bail, who on Thursday had not yet reviewed the case.

Idaho Democratic Party spokesman Chuck Oxley had not seen the lawsuit and had no comment on its merits. But he said the delegate selection plan was completed in 2006 and anyone who wanted to participate could have spoken up then.

“We have a selection plan that is approved by the DNC (Democratic National Convention) and that is what we go by,” Oxley said.

That plan will be implemented on Saturday in Boise at the state convention.

Judd cites the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act, the Voting Rights Act and Articles I and II of the U.S. Constitution in his claim. His laundry list of complaints includes racial gerrymandering and something about state's rights and Congress.