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The Convention Was Too Late

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The republicana are badly stirred up over a místate inade in calliDg their judicial convention too late to get Jndge Kinne's name on the official ballot. The law as passedjin 1891 and amended in 1895, expressly states that the iiames of all judicial candid-ates shall be certified to the boards of election coinmissioners "not less than 20 days prior" to the election. The republican judicial conventiou was held yesterday and that was only 19 days prior to the election. The certifications were not flled yesterday aod today is only 18 days prior to the election, while the law expressly says that the names shall be certified to "not less than 20 days." Tbe name of Martin J. Cavanaugh was certified to in both Monroe and Washtenaw counties last Monday or 21 days prior to the eleotion in strict compliauce with the law. So that if the law is worth anything at all, the only name that can be printed upon the ballots for judge of the 22nd jadicial circuit is that of Martin J. Cavanaugh. A search of the judicial decisions in Michigan shows that the validity of this clanse of the law has never been called in qnestion but the courts have "upheld the section in which it is found. In Ann Arbor city a precedent was established. Some years ago at a city election when the republicans neglected to certify to a vignette within the time specified by the law, and although they certified to it on the following day and their lawyers blustered a good deal, tbc vignette did not appear on the ballot. That the law may be more olearly understood we give the first part of section 10, of Act 17 of the Session Laws of 1895, which contains the provisión the republicans failed to observe. It is as f ollows : "The said board of election commissioners shall cause to be printed on the ballot the names of the candidates nominated by the regularly called couveution of any party, and it shall be the duty of the state, district or connty convention of each political party to forward to the chairman of the said board of election commissioners of each county in the state, not less than 20 days prior to any such election, a copy of the vignette adopted by them and the names of all caudidates nominated at auy regularly called convention." This does not mean that Judge Kinne cannot be voted ior at the judicial election, but only that bis name cannot ' be legaly printed upon the ballot. The law afterwards provides tnat in case of death or resignation of a candidate, pasterscan be used. While this case is not exactly the same the law contains nothing against the use of pasters. The republican committee may openly whistle to keep their courage np, but if they are wise they will make preparations to have their pasters at every polling place, or leave the voters who desire to vote for Judge Kinne to write his name on their ballots, The matter created a great stir among the knowing ones and the lawyers on the judicial committee who called the convention are lookiug rather glum. The newly apponted State Oil Inspector Judson, Pingree's chairman of tho board of strategy,appeared suddenly upon tbe troubled cene here. A watch must be kept upon him for later strategie moves. He is looked upon at the best general the republicans ever had here when they got in a tight place. He didn't cali the convention and is not supposed to be specially well versed in the laws governing the preparación of ballots, although he is a past master in the art of nominating tickets, but still the redoubtable ex-sheriff and leputy railroad cominissioner,is looked to towink that left eye of his and ontline the next move.