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"Democratic Solidarity Event" Scores Big for Ballot Repair, Inner-City Project

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All's well that ends ... well, further ahead than you were before you got behind. And for a good cause, too. That was the case at The Pizza Cafe Tuesday night for what was billed as a “Democratic Solidarity Event.”

It was called for the purpose of raising enough money to compensate Steve Mulroy for paying for corrections to an unauthorized version of the Shelby County Democratic Party's sample general election ballot

Shelby County Commissioner Mulroy, one of the boosters of the YesOnFive campaign favoring a referendum for instant runoff voting, came out of his pocket to the tune of some $600 to defray the costs of pasting labels over a box on the sample ballot, passed out to voters, that said "Vote No on Referendums."

Since no such box was ever authorized -- or even considered -- by the Democrats' executive committee or steering committee, Mulroy and numerous other Democrats had every right to suppose that the Party would reimburse him for his trouble in correcting as many as he could get to. No dice

So independent Democratic organizer Brad Watkins took it upon himself -- in league with other aggrieved Democrats, including several of the city's leading progressive bloggers -- to see that Mulroy got reimbursed. That's what Tuesday night's well-attended affair (35 to 50 attendees) was all about.

The bottom line was that Mulroy's $600 was raised, along with enough overage -- maybe $300 -- to contribute to the Inner City Outreach Center, located in Foote Homes.

In addition, Mulroy says he has enough pledges to account for even more that will go to the Outreach Center.

Oh, and, by way of reminder, all 10 referenda on the November ballot passed handily, by 3 to 1 margins. Reportedly, several of the uncorrected original ballots were submitted to a bonfire Tuesday night.

--Jackson Baker

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