Berrigan said he has been waiting for two years for a case where he could force the court to issue an opinion on PCO eligibility.
“I tried to do this two years ago with Brent Boger and Sean Guard because each of their membership statuses were slightly different, one was like Cheney’s, quite certain to not exist, the other was because Brent had formally in the newspaper renounced his membership in the party a couple of years earlier and there was no evidence he had ever rejoined,” Berrigan commented on the Columbian’s website and confirmed on Friday. “I was ignorant at the time that, although the court closes at 5 (p.m.), the clerk’s office closes and won’t file pleadings after 4:30 (p.m.). So I missed the deadline by 15 (minutes).”
Berrigan said when he saw Cheney was running for a PCO position, it was obvious he should use his candidacy to test the law.
“Everyone wants to avoid making a decision about this,” he said.
Washington only requires PCO candidates to be registered to vote in the precinct for which they are filing. When a candidate files for an open seat, they select which party they want to represent.
Berrigan argued candidates must be a member in good standing of the party they wish to represent. But as Kimsey stated in his response to the court, his office does not investigate whether someone is a member of the party they choose to represent, and therefore fulfilled his obligation by placing Cheney on the ballot. Ultimately, the court agreed.
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