Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 7: One man's vendetta, pp. 120-137 PDF (5.8 MB)
130 elected. As was explained to Minier, the real question involved surrounded the validity of the ballot. Had the complaint been made prior to the placing of Graham's name on the ballot, the probability of making a case would have been high as the question would then be whether Graham was entitled to have his name on the ballot.35 Blaine noted that he did not desire to request an attorney to undertake such litigation unless he was convinced that the court not only had jurisdiction but that it could exercise that jurisdiction.36 The Governor frankly admitted that there was grave doubt in his mind as to the validity of !inier's claim.37 No opinion was asked of the Attorney General as it was his policy to "....presume an act valid unless it is clearly held to be invalid.",38 All the Attorney General could advise, said Blaine, was that the Governor "....ought not to authorize an extraordinary proceeding" if' it were his belief that the petition could not be upheld because of the probable invalidity of the appropriate section of the Corrupt Practices Act as it 35Blaine to -hite, November 24, 1926, CP. 36Ibi d, 371bid* 381'oid.
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