A U.S. District Court judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Republican mayoral candidate E. Brooke Lee Jr., who had asked the court to order the D.C. Board of Elections to re-register all voters before the Nov. 2 general election.
Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, in a 10-page opinion, ruled that Lee had failed to raise a legitimate claim, either under the Constitution or federal statutes, that would justify hearing his case in the federal court.
Johnson characterized the contentions raised by Lee as "wholly insubstantial and frivolous."
Johnson said that even if Lee had raised a sufficient claim, his case belonged in the local -- and not the federal -- court system.
Lee contended in his suit that his constitutional right to votes cast for him in the general election will be violated because of foulups with District voting records that occurred in the September 14 primary.
Johnson said, however, that Lee, who had conceded he had no trouble voting, could not come to court to assert the right of other voters.
Lee had also claimed that citizens would abandon their efforts to vote, because of delays at the polling places. Johnson, however, ruled that no federal law is intended to protect people who decide not to vote because they feared having to wait in line for their turn to cast a ballot.