By: Diane Benjamin
I caught part of a video live stream on Facebook from the hearing of Bruce Meeks’ challenge to Diana Hauman’s petitions. It was enough to know the hearing was a lawyer’s game of procedures, not based on evidence.
The Bloomington Election Commission has a lawyer and so did Diana Hauman. Bruce Meeks did not. His challenge was based on case law pertaining to notaries not having the signatory swear or affirm the signatures on the document being notarized were signed in front of them. Hauman had four pages incorrectly completed, so it was obvious the notary didn’t require anything from the person who collected the signatures before notarizing the form.
The case was dismissed because Hauman’s lawyer claimed the evidence wasn’t properly presented – in other words like a lawyer would in a court of law.
The moral of this case is: Challenging petitions requires hiring a lawyer because everybody else is going to have one.
Illegal petitions, failure to comply with filing requirements, or just not taking the process seriously is immaterial to being on the ballot.