Pack v. Karnes et als.

CourtSupreme Court of West Virginia
Writing for the CourtMILLER, J.
PartiesPack v. Karnes et als.
Decision Date29 October 1918

83 W.Va. 14

Pack
v.
Karnes et als.

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Submitted October 22, 19.18. Decided October 29, 1918.


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1. Mandamus Board of Ballot Commissioners Discharge of Duty.

A citizen, tax payer and voter has such interest as entitles him to maintain mandamus to compel a board of ballot commissioners to discharge their duties lawfully in respect to the preparation of ballots for a general election, (p. 17).

2. Same Ballot Commissioners Defense to Writ.

The fact that a board of ballot commissioners have already made up the ballot for a general election, will constitute no defense to a writ to compel them to discharge their duties lawfully; until they have done so, in contemplation of law they have not performed them at all. (p. 18).

3. Elections Ballot resignation of Nominee Appointment to Fill

Vacancy.

Under the primary election law one who has not complied with all the requirements of the statute to entitle him to have his name printed on the ballot, cannot become the nominee of his party although he may have received the requisite number of votes at such primary election, and not having become such nominee, the executive committee of his party on his resignation can not lawfully appoint another as for a vacancy. (p. 18).

4. Same Defective Nomination Ballots.

And where there has been no lawful nomination at such primary election, the executive conmmittee of a political party can not lawfully appoint a nominee with right to have his name placed by the ballot commissioners on the official ballot to be voted at a general Election. (p. 19).

Application by the State, on the relation of J. C. Pack, Chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Mercer

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Comity, against H. D. Karnes and others, constituting the Board of Ballot Commissioners, for a writ of mandamus.

Writ granted.

Hugh G. Woods, for relator. D. M. Easley, for respondents.

Miller, Judge:

The relief sought by mandamus in these eases is the same as that which petitioners endeavored to obtain by prohibition at the present term of court. We then held, in an opinion prepared by Judge Poffenbarger, that mandamus and not prohibition was the exclusive remedy given by the statute where it was desired to control the action of a board of ballot commissioners, wherefore the present proceeding in mandamus.

The petitioner in each ease sues not only in his capacity of chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Mercer County, but also as citizen, tax payer and voter. The petition in Case No. 3741 alleges that at the primary election held August 6, 1918, The name of E. H. Thompson, who had announced himself therefor, was put on the Democratic ballot as a candidate for the nomination for the House of Delegates, along with the name of T. J. Phelps, the only other candidate for that office. It is further alleged that at said primary Thompson was voted for generally by members of his party throughout the county, but that because of his failure, as required by law, to file with the clerk of the county court at least seven days before said primary election an itemized statement, subscribed and sworn to, setting forth all his financial transactions in connection with his candidacy, and because of his failure to file such sworn statement with said clerk at any time until eight days after said primary, he was not legally nominated by his party as a candidate for the House of Delegates and was not entitled to have his name printed or placed on the official ballot to be voted on at the general election on the 5th day of November, 1918.

It is further alleged that some time after said primary election the said Thompson pretended to resign his alleged

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nomination to the Democratic county executive committee, which committee pretended to accept such resignation and undertook to appoint as for a vacancy caused by such resignation the respondent James R. Shanklin as a candidate on the Democratic ticket for said office to be voted for at said general election, and that Henry Karnes, D. F. Hale and R. D. Karnes, composing the board of ballot commissioners for said county, had...

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  • White v. Manchin, Nos. 16312
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 13, 1984
    ...mandamus to compel a board of ballot commissioners to discharge their duties lawfully ...." Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14, 97 S.E. 302 (1918); overruled on other grounds, Syl. pt. 12, State ex rel. Booth v. Board of Ballot Comm'rs, 156 W.Va. 657, 196 S.E.2d 299 4. "B......
  • State ex rel. Cline v. Hatfield, No. 12069
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • September 20, 1960
    ...be cured; therefore, to disqualify a candidate in such case by mandamus before an election may inflict a grave injustice. Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14, 97 S.E. 302; State ex rel. Lockhart, Sr. et al. v. Rogers, Mayor et al., 134 W.Va. 470, 61 S.E.2d It was in the Pack case which was decided ......
  • State ex rel. Zickefoose v. West, No. 12039
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • October 18, 1960
    ...to discharge their duties lawfully in respect to the preparation of ballots for a general election.' Point 1 Syllabus, Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14 [97 S.E. 3. 'If a constitutional provision is clear in its terms, and the intention of the electorate is clearly embraced in the language of the......
  • Rogers v. Hechler, No. 16884
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 9, 1986
    ...on other grounds, Syl. pt. 12, State ex rel. Booth v. Board of Ballot Commissioners, supra; Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14, 97 S.E. 302 (1918), overruled on other grounds, Syl. pt. 12, State ex rel. Booth v. Board of Ballot Commissioners, supra; Syl., State ex rel. He......
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  • White v. Manchin, Nos. 16312
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 13, 1984
    ...mandamus to compel a board of ballot commissioners to discharge their duties lawfully ...." Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14, 97 S.E. 302 (1918); overruled on other grounds, Syl. pt. 12, State ex rel. Booth v. Board of Ballot Comm'rs, 156 W.Va. 657, 196 S.E.2d 299 4. "B......
  • State ex rel. Cline v. Hatfield, No. 12069
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • September 20, 1960
    ...be cured; therefore, to disqualify a candidate in such case by mandamus before an election may inflict a grave injustice. Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14, 97 S.E. 302; State ex rel. Lockhart, Sr. et al. v. Rogers, Mayor et al., 134 W.Va. 470, 61 S.E.2d It was in the Pack case which was decided ......
  • State ex rel. Zickefoose v. West, No. 12039
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • October 18, 1960
    ...to discharge their duties lawfully in respect to the preparation of ballots for a general election.' Point 1 Syllabus, Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14 [97 S.E. 3. 'If a constitutional provision is clear in its terms, and the intention of the electorate is clearly embraced in the language of the......
  • Rogers v. Hechler, No. 16884
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 9, 1986
    ...on other grounds, Syl. pt. 12, State ex rel. Booth v. Board of Ballot Commissioners, supra; Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Pack v. Karnes, 83 W.Va. 14, 97 S.E. 302 (1918), overruled on other grounds, Syl. pt. 12, State ex rel. Booth v. Board of Ballot Commissioners, supra; Syl., State ex rel. He......
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