Dallas-area GOP files suit to kick 128 Dems off ballot over petition signatures

Dallas-area GOP files suit to kick 128 Dems off ballot over petition signatures
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The Dallas County GOP has filed a lawsuit seeking the removal of dozens of Democratic candidates from the March 6 primary ballot.

The lawsuit alleges that Dallas County Democratic Party Chairman Carol Donovan neglected to sign the petitions of 128 Democrats running for office, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Texas state law requires that the party’s chair sign candidates’ petitions before sending them to the secretary of State’s office.

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Donovan on Sunday accused the GOP of trying to “litigate their way into victories” in upcoming elections.

"It is clear by this attack that the Dallas County GOP cannot win at the ballot box, so they are trying to litigate their way into victories in Dallas County, with no concern for Dallas County voters," she said. "Instead of playing Trump-style politics, they'd be better off legitimately recruiting and fielding their own primary candidates."

Elizabeth Alvarez Bingham, a lawyer for the Dallas County GOP, pushed back, saying that Democrats should be “upset” with their own party leaders for not following procedure.

"We didn't do this as election strategy,” she told the paper. “It's our job to follow the election code. Their candidates should not be upset with us. They should be upset with the Dallas County Democratic Party."

Donovan said that the party has assembled a legal team and is prepared to fight the lawsuit, which alleges that Donovan personally signed only a small fraction of the petitions.

"We have assembled a legal team of Dallas' best and brightest Democratic election law attorneys," Donovan said in a release, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Though we are taking this case seriously, the Republican Party's lawsuit is not supported by Texas law. We will fight to ensure that all Democratic voters in Dallas County can participate in a fair Primary election."