It seems like a no-brainer: Ban deception in political campaigns. But a state House committee has voted down a measure that would prohibit the use of deceptive names in campaigns.
Opponents shot it down, saying it could open the door to frivolous, politically motivated complaints — and it might not be constitutional, reports the House Public Information Services office.
Sponsors wanted to end practices like what was seen recently in Maplewood. A group called Maplewood Voters Coalition was bedeviled by another group calling itself Maplewood Voters, which sent out negative mailings, in what was alleged to be a deliberate attempt to mislead voters.
However, the House State and Local Government Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee voted it down. But there’s a Senate version still out there, too.