Burnam’s options are few in election contest

06/02/2014 5:11 PM

06/02/2014 5:12 PM

When 17-year state Rep. Lon Burnam of Fort Worth filed a suit on March 25 challenging his 111-vote loss in the March 4 Democratic primary to businessman Ramon Romero Jr., it was important that the matter be resolved quickly so as not to leave the election results uncertain.

Now a prompt resolution has happened, at least on a key procedural matter. In just two months — prompt in judicial terms — a judge has heard Burnam’s arguments for copies of applications for mail-in ballots and has denied that request. Burnam argues that those applications were illegally produced in numbers large enough to change the vote tally.

The 2nd Court of Appeals has denied Burnam’s appeal, and the state Supreme Court has declined to intervene. On Friday, Burnam called the results “disappointing” and said he and his legal team “will weigh our options.”

The options are few and slim. There is no doubt that election issues Burnam has raised should be addressed by the Legislature, but it looks like they will not be resolved by the courts.

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