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Republicans in Dallas County filed a lawsuit for 128 Democrats to begin primary voting on March 6.
The lawsuit filed Friday night in Dallas County contends that Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan did not sign the petitions of 128 Democratic Party candidates before sending them to the Secretary's office. State of Texas, as required by law.
"The Electoral Code says the president and no one else to sign them," said Elizabeth Alvarez Bingham, an attorney with the Republican Party of Dallas County. "Carol Donovan is the president, she was supposed to sign them, she did not do it."
The news surprised some Democrats after a lawyer from their party notified them of the lawsuit on Sunday afternoon.
"We have assembled a legal team of the best and brightest lawyers of the Dallas Democrat Electoral Law," Donovan said Sunday night in a press release. "Although we take this case seriously, the Republican Party's lawsuit is not backed by Texas law, we will fight to ensure that all Democratic voters in Dallas County can participate in a fair primary election."
"This is just Republican antics," said State Senator Royce West, one of the names Republicans want to remove from the ballot. "The Republicans are trying to open a gap in the Democratic Party because they can not be competitive in the county."
But Bingham said the West should not criticize Republicans for the failure of their local leaders to do their jobs.
According to the lawsuit, only a fraction of the candidate petitions approved by Donovan actually contained a signature on his hand.
At least seven petitions of Democratic candidates have been challenged, both by Republicans and by other Democrats.