FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Wednesday, August 27, 2014
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605)773-3215
Haan Lawsuit Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. House of Representatives Dismissed
PIERRE, S.D – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that on Monday, August 25, 2014, Charles W. Haan filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives or to compel the Attorney General to order Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate.
The Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit finding that Attorney General does not have the authority to certify candidates for elective office as that authority rests with the Secretary of State. The Court recognized, “that there is no law, and no arguable extension of the law, which would under any theory, authorize a circuit court to order the A.G. to order the Sec. of State to do anything.”