maybe this'll help

The Honorable Melissa Bean
432 Cannon House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative:

I am writing to you as I have no other recourse at this time. I am a constituent in your district and have tried to get on the primary ballot to be the lone challenger for a race in the upcoming Democratic election.

On November 9th, 2009, a local Democratic committeeman, Gregory Ferritto, challenged my petitions. Should he prevail, there will be no challenger in the Democratic primary.

I have a 100% assurance that I will not be able to overturn the challenge to my petitions: I needed eight hundred ninety and collected eight hundred ninety. The only way the voters will have a choice in the primary is that Mr. Ferritto withdraws his challenge.

To be clear, Mr. Ferritto has every right to challenge, that's not being debated, it's just that, here in Illinois, election law allows for one person to be the deciding vote in a choice that the district’s residents should have.

As the Florida Supreme Court has previously said regarding votes in elections: "We consistently have adhered to the principle that the will of the people is the paramount consideration…The laws are intended to facilitate and safeguard the right of each voter to express his or her will in the context of our representative democracy. Technical statutory requirements must not be exalted over the substance of this right."

I'm asking for your help to try to persuade him into dropping his objection, as I said, I have no other option, other than to withdraw my petitions, and the result is Democratic voters of having no choice in the primary.

There is a hearing about the matter tentatively set for Tuesday, November 17, 2009, so seeing to this quickly would be appreciated. I only received the notice on Friday the 13th, sorry for the short notice.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Jonathan Farnick
600 W Jackson St
Woodstock, IL 60098
or not


you'll vote for who you're told to

the residents of the 8th now won't have a choice

a pro-choice*, pro-war authoritarian corporatist vs. an anti-choice, pro-war authoritarian corporatist, will be your only choices in the november election

be sure to thank a local democratic committee-person for the options

* this may change if the stupak amendment (in any form) is in the final health care reform bill and the democratic incumbent votes for it


what fourth amendment [updated]


by the same logic, if you mail a letter, and, in the course of it's travels, moves from usps vehicles to a private third party for transport, this "'private' information is actually being held by third-party private companies", and could therefore be subject to inspection without court order

[too, also]

there's been persistant talk of privatizing the post office*, should the transport of mail from box to box be in private hands, does the abilty to search widen as well ??

* something that should never happen