In a stunning move, the Ninth Circuit Court has blocked the recall election of California Governor Gray Davis.
The Washington Post reports that the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the ACLU that proceeding with the recall while six California counties still used outdated punch card voting machines was unacceptable.
Since the six counties include Sacramento, San Diego, and Los Angeles, and covers about 44% of the registered voters in California, the delay is likely to be costly and last several months while the punch card machines are replaced.
Now, since Gray Davis was elected last year using these very same “outdated” machines, does this nullify his election? And those of every other elected government official in those six California counties? How about their representatives in Congress?
This is outrageous. A panel of self-appointed dictators is overruling the will of the people as expressed through their state legislature, just like the Florida Supreme Court did in the 2000 presidential election. On what grounds can the 9th Circuit Court possibly get away with this?
Is it worth mentioning that the 9th Circuit is the same court that tried to strike “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance?