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Votes for McNeil may be cast, but won't count

Al.com reports: Republican candidate Chris McNeil says he's spent about $30,000 to get voters in the House 102 primary on his side, and he expects many are ready to support him on June 3. But after a judge's ruling on Tuesday, the one thing he won't be able to do is make their vote worth even the paper they're tallied on.

McNeil was before Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Rick Stout, seeking certification as a qualified candidate in the race; something he was denied when the Alabama Republican Party invalidated his candidacy for the House District 102 seat when it was determined the Semmes businessman didn't live in the district he was seeking to represent in Montgomery.

Unfortunately, the decision was made after the primary ballots were printed, so McNeil's name will appear as an option for voters, albeit an uncountable one. The race is to fill the seat held by retiring Rep. Chad Fincher. ...

And yet, after an afternoon of arguments from Agricola, as well as two lawyers for the defense, Stout ruled that what's done is done, and he saw no reason for the court to interfere with any sort of injunction or pre-certification. Several times during the proceeding, the judge asserted that the Circuit Court has no place in "partisan primaries." -- Judge rules votes for House GOP candidate won't count, even though his name is on ballot | AL.com

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