Protect Mississippi Voters Rights

by Daniel Gallarno

Protect Mississippi Voters Rights

by Daniel Gallarno
Daniel Gallarno
I am a college student who is passionate about voting rights. I love Mississippi and desire justice for all people.
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on 19th October 2017
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Daniel Gallarno
I am a college student who is passionate about voting rights. I love Mississippi and desire justice for all people.

Who am I and what this case is about

My name is Daniel Gallarno and I am passionate about voting rights in Mississippi. This case is about ensuring that all Mississipians are granted the right to vote. 

A tie in Mississippi was broken by a Republican special committee that reversed the result

In November of 2015, general elections took place across Mississippi. In House District 79, then incumbent, Bo Eaton, was running against challenger, Mark Tullos. After the votes were counted, the election resulted in a tie – 4,589 votes for each candidate.

 Pursuant to Mississippi law, the election was to be determined by drawing straws. Incumbent Democrat Bo Eaton drew the long straw and should have retained his seat in the House of Representatives. The Republicans in the legislature, however, convened a special committee to “review” the election results - specifically the validity of nine affidavit ballots. After committee review, the Republicans reversed the result of the election, opting to seat Republican challenger, Mark Tullos. The committee stated that five out of nine affidavit ballots were invalid, but never specified which ballots were invalid or why they were invalid. Thus, a very small group of elected officials from other districts determined who would represent House District 79 rather the voters of that district.

The legal case 

The case is now going to the 5th Circuit. The case is asking the Court to provide any solution that it sees fit to remedy the injustice placed on Mississippi voters. 

Why are we raising money

We believe that voting rights should not be reserved exclusively for those who can afford to sue when their rights are infringed. 

The State of Mississippi has spent $78,000 already on this case. 

Lawyer John Corlew has taken this case pro bono so far, in order to protect each and every Mississippian’s right to vote. At this stage, fundraising could prove crucial to our success, and we do so humbly and thankfully. We aim to use the money raised to cover basic costs of a case. From everyday printing and copying to court filing fees, everything takes money. Our case affects every single voter in Mississippi.

 The right to vote must be protected, not infringed upon by our own elected officials. We have already seen our case survive motions to dismiss in Federal District Court of Southern Mississippi, and now we look onward to oral arguments in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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