Green Party Sues to Boot 11 "Sham" Candidates From Ballot; GOP Recruited Them to Draw Off Dem Votes, Lawsuit Alleges

The Arizona Green Party wants a federal judge to block the names of 11 candidates from appearing on the November 2 ballot, saying the candidates are "shams" who don't represent the party.

The lawsuit and request for immediate hearing comes a few days after the state Democratic Party accused former state lawmaker Steve May and current State Representative Jim Weiers -- both GOPers, naturally -- of recruiting bogus candidates who could draw off Democrat votes during the upcoming election.

Judging by recent media reports on the matter, this sounds serious -- and blatantly corrupt. Election officials are just days away from printing up ballots.

Although state law apparently allows Green Party candidates to qualify for the ballot with as few as one write-in vote, non-Green-Partiers shouldn't be allowed to treat the democratic process like a game of Grand Theft Auto.

But if the judge lets the bogus candidates' names stand, maybe Democrats ought to be allowed to find a few patsies to represent the Tea Party -- or some other group that might siphon off Republican votes -- on the ballot.

And how about those Mill Rats? Finally hitting the big time, with a mention in the New York Times. They might not be the same Mill Rats we wrote about 15 years ago, but the concept is still the same. Who knew some of these homeless free-spirits would be so willing to associate with shady right-wingers?

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.