FoxNews reports that the Justice Department has approved the procedural changes necessary for the special election, after a federal judge threatened to postpone the recall over concerns that the voting rights of minorities might be violated. Yet another federal judge said he would rule by midweek on whether to postpone the election due to the use of old punch-card voting machines. Uh, if punch-card machines aren't legal, then should we invalidate every election for the past 200 years?

Last week, a third federal judge ordered Monterey County not to send absentee ballots overseas because he's considering postponing the election.

Here's a clue for these federal judges: take a clue from the Bush Administration and butt out.

One interesting note is that a spokesman for the California attorney general seems to indicate (correctly) that it's in the best interests of the public for the election to go forward as planned.

Doug Woods of the state attorney general's office, representing the secretary of state, argued that the ACLU was merely speculating about what might happen Oct. 7 in terms of error rates or other problems with the punch-card machines.

Woods said the speculation does not outweigh the public interest in having the election go forward.

The state AG, Bill Lockyer, is a Democrat (as are all of California's constitutional officers), and he has vociferously opposed the recall from the beginning. I guess I'm overly cynical, but it's unusual to see a public official in California separate their official role from their private agenda.



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