My grandpa always told me not to discuss religion and politics with friends because people have such strong feelings about both topics that you're likely to lose a friend or two following a discussion of either. Well...since I've long since blown past the religion issue here on this blog (and I'm sure pissed more than one person off with it), I figure it can't hurt to tackle politics. But not just any politics. Politics that involves an acquaintance...a good person...someone I admire.
Here is the story.
I read the Court of Appeals opinion and I just don't know what to say. My colleague thinks perhaps there are some politics at work here.
Some things I find particularly disturbing...
1. You don't need a time stamp to file with the Board of Elections in Cuyahoga County. Apparently, it would be acceptable for me to just walk in and drop something on the counter to be considered filed.
2. If there is no controlling authority on a point of law, do not expect the Court of Appeals to make any original decisions/interpretations.
3. As a woman, you can give up the right to use your own maiden name...even if the majority of official documents used in your life include your maiden name.
4. The Board of Elections can give out mistaken instructions regarding filings, and you are responsible for the resulting circumstances. So presumably, the Board of Elections (an an employee of such) could LIE to a candidate they don't like and then seek to penalize the candidate by denying them voting/election rights.
5. The Court of Appeals can decide what your actual name is...you have to convince them you know better (I know...this is a bit over the top as a complaint...but I'm irritated).