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“Rent Is Too Damn High” Party Founder Sues Board of Elections


The District of Columbia Board of Elections is too damn prudish! Or so says Rent Is Too Damn Party founder Jimmy McMillan, who filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court against the board on the grounds that it wouldn't put his party's name on the ballot.

McMillan's New York-based party gained some Internet prominence years ago on the back of its colorful name, McMillan's frequent political runs, and his unique facial hair. In April, a group of reform-minded types running for seats on the District's Democratic State Committee named their slate after McMillan's party in a bid to get attention for their down-ballot races. But when the elections board refused to put "damn" on the ballot, the group replaced "damn" with "darn."

McMillan's lawsuit alleges that the elections board violated free speech provisions by refusing to put "damn" on the ballot, purportedly on the grounds that "damn" would offend the elderly. McMillan, who tells LL that he refuses to let "religious fanatics" in the District disenfranchise voters, thinks his compatriots in the District would have won more than the five seats they received if the original party name had been on the ballot. (There are 52 seats total.)

“We know we would have won more seats," McMillan says.

McMillan wants the court to make the elections board to accept "The Rent Is Too Damn High" as a party name, plus $130,000 in damages. A spokeswoman for the board declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Photo by Flickr user David Shankbone used under a Creative Commons license

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    Wow...this man looks scary and out of a Friday the 13th movie. Maybe he's related to Jason Voorhees.

  • AB

    Not gonna lie, I'd probably vote for him

  • Quackslikeaduck

    Typo in the first paragraph. You left off the "High" in his party's name.

  • JimA

    It's a silly lawsuit. Elections are serious affairs, and plaintiff is this case is trying to turn ballots into something of a joke.

  • Tubmly

    What a joke. Shows no politcal strategy or class. I laughed out loud at his party's name. Whack job.

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    What is this monkey crap? Are you kidding me? LOL!

    This "Vampire from Brooklyn" extra has exactly what local ties? Look at the "fools" list of slate candidates........ Panetta, Biddle, Capozzi, Brooks, Brown.....wtf are THEY doing?

    At this point, local DC politics is just a clown show!!

    This is a BAMA group lead by stone cold Brooklyn BAMA.....LMAO!!

    I wonder if I can start my group and get our name on the ballot....hmmm.. Lets call ourselves the "Phucking Idiot Crew"......or maybe I can sue too! SMH.

  • Marcus2012

    You're literally only saying that because he's black...

  • Marcus2012

    How? Censorship DOES impede upon free speech rights...

  • Marcus2012

    What the fuck are you even talking about?