IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
Case No. CIV-10-1186-M
PAUL ZIRIAX, Agency Head, Oklahoma
State Board of Elections;
THOMAS PRINCE, Chairman of the
Board, Oklahoma State Board of Elections; )
RAMON WATKINS, Board Member,
Oklahoma State Board of Elections;
SUSAN TURPEN, Board Member,
Oklahoma State Board of Elections,
This order addresses issues that go to the very foundation of our country, our Constitution,
and particularly, the Bill of Rights.
Throughout the course of our country’s history, the will of the
“majority” has on occasion conflicted with the constitutional rights of individuals, an occurrence
which our founders foresaw and provided for through the Bill of Rights.
As the United States
Supreme Court has stated:
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects
from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond
the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal
principles to be applied by the courts.
One’s right to life, liberty, and
property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and
assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote;
they depend on the outcome of no elections.
W. Va. State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette
, 319 U.S. 624, 638 (1943).
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