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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Renewed Faith in Democracy

From Ed Brayton, who has been covering the Dover Intelligent Design case from the beginning (some background can be found here):

Here's some good news. In the wake of the Dover trial, there were elections for the Dover school board held last night. The result? How about all 8 board members who supported the intelligent design policy got voted out and all 8 challengers who opposed the policy were voted in, including one of the plaintiffs in the case?


  • It looks like only a narrow majority for the non-ID proponents though. I expect this will continue to be contentious.
    "Board members Bonsell and Harkins, who had voted in favor of adding intelligent design into the ninth-grade science curriculum, received the fewest votes, with 2,469 and 2,466, respectively.... Reinking, who was running for a four-year term, received the most overall votes with 2,754."

    By Anonymous Scott, at 1:36 PM  

  • Yes, it was very close. Winning 8-0 sounds like a blowout, but the next time around, the ID people don't need many more votes. But I seriously doubt the ID people can do better next time, because before the next election the bill will come due for the lawsuit, which is expected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even if you support the cause, you've got to think twice before you vote for a school board candidate who's going to get your district involved in another costly lawsuit.

    By Blogger MDS, at 12:22 PM  

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