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  • Green, Libertarian Parties file suit against New York’s new ballot rules

    08/01/2020 6:29:59 PM PDT · by TBP · 15 replies
    Independent Political Report ^ | July 28, 2020 | Susan Arbetter
    In a rider passed in the last state budget, the legislature upped the ante for minor parties in New York. So, two of those minor parties, the Greens and the Libertarians, are suing. In the past, to achieve ballot status, minor parties needed to earn 50,000 votes for their gubernatorial candidates. In other words, they needed 50,000 votes to qualify for the ballot every four years – rules that have been in place for decades. The new rules are far more restrictive. They require that minor parties garner 130,000 votes or two percent of votes cast. Additionally, they demand that...
  • Corbett's GOP foe Bob Guzzardi ordered off Pa. primary ballot

    05/04/2014 10:35:19 AM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 14 replies
    Delaware County Daily Times ^ | 5-1-14 | Bob Guzzardi
    The state's highest court on Thursday struck Gov. Tom Corbett's only Republican challenger from the May 20 primary election ballot, leaving Corbett unchallenged for the GOP nomination he was favored to win anyway. In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court reversed a Commonwealth Court ruling on grounds that conservative activist Bob Guzzardi's failure to file his statement of financial interests on time with the State Ethics Commission doomed his candidacy. "The untimely filing of the statement constitutes a fatal defect that precludes a candidate's appearance on the ballot," the majority wrote. Challengers backed by state Republican Party had raised...
  • Paul, Santorum, Perry problems with Illinois petitions (may not be on ballots)

    01/12/2012 4:44:17 PM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies
    WASHINGTON--GOP White House hopefuls Rick Perry and Ron Paul did not file correctly for the March 20 Illinois presidential primary "beauty contest," leaving them open to a challenge that could knock them off the ballot. Illinois law requires candidates to file using their home addresses. Paul, a Texas congressman used an address in Virgnia and Perry, the Texas governor used a post office box in Austin, Texas for an address. Newt Gingrich, Paul, Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer all filed the required 3,000 signatures. Jon Huntsman skipped Illlinois.
  • GOP Santorum's chance at 9 Ohio delegates hampered

    01/12/2012 5:34:39 AM PST · by Happy Valley Dude · 21 replies
    Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum won't have a chance to vie for some of Ohio's national convention delegates. The state's top election official said Wednesday that the former Pennsylvania senator won't appear on the ballot at the district level in three congressional districts in the battleground state. That means nine of Ohio's 66 delegates are off the table for him. Ohio has a Republican primary system that requires people to vote twice. So while Santorum's name won't appear at the district level, voters could still choose to award him at-large delegates. The party doles out 48 delegates from the March...
  • VA AG Cuccinelli Email: Ballot access changes going forward, not for 2012

    01/01/2012 7:11:25 PM PST · by EDINVA · 44 replies
    email | January 1, 2012 | Ken Cuccinelli
    Email from Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia. January 1, 2012 Dear Friends and Fellow Virginians, As many of you read yesterday in the news (link here for the story) I was considering supporting an effort to change the rules to allow the full range of presidential candidates on Virginia's ballot on March 6th. I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot access requirements for our statewide elections. However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 Presidential election, my concern grows that...
  • Arizona Ballot Access Law vs Brewer's Excuse for Veto

    04/19/2011 5:38:28 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 26 replies
    Arizona State Legislature ^ | 2007 | Arizona State Legislature
    Governor Brewer's "I do not support designating one person as a gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate" doesn't hold water. Under current Arizona law, the Secretary of State is the sole and solitary gatekeeper of the "qualification check" function, for those who seek the office of president of the United States. Arizona Statutes: 16-242. Qualifications for ballot; nomination paper A. A person seeking nomination as a candidate for the office of president of the United States shall sign and cause to be filed with the secretary of state a nomination paper ... C. Section 16-351 does not apply to...
  • Republican Liberty Caucus as a virtual third party

    10/01/2005 1:18:41 PM PDT · by maxxoccupancy · 78 replies · 7,636+ views
    October 1, 2005 | Albert Abramson
    I have been talking to people about the Republican Liberty Caucus, but I have been having a hard time explaining the issue to people. Our statements of principle have always centered around smaller government and proptecting our rights. A surprisingly small majority of Americans support these two principles, but it's enough to form a political movement. The RLC has its own statement of principles, and its own conventions. Members are not expected to tow the party line, especially for RINO's. I believe that we should sell the RLC as a separate political group that supports libertarians, constitutionalists, reform party members,...
  • Libertarians To Sue State (north carolina)

    09/01/2005 4:54:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 71 replies · 1,006+ views ^ | 9 1 05 |
    The Libertarian Party announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the State Board of Elections’ decision to drop the party’s official status in North Carolina. “We’re tired of being treated like second-class citizens,” said Thomas Hill, state party chairman. Hill said North Carolina has one of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country and said even Iraq has more parties on the ballot. “That’s just vulgar,” he added. The state board decertified the Libertarian Party on Monday because the party failed to secure at least 75,000 signatures on a petition needed to remain on the...
  • Nader: Democrats Used 'Dirty Tricks' Against Me

    12/17/2004 6:49:11 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 9 replies · 446+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec 17, 2004 | Limbacher
    Ralph Nader is charging the Democratic Party establishment with using "dirty tricks" and "political bigotry" to keep him off the ballot in important battleground states in last month's presidential election. "They did all the things that are described by the phrase 'dirty tricks,' and succeeded in getting us off some very important ballots," the perennial presidential wannabe tells Counterpunch magazine. Nader complained that state party leaders filed "21 phony lawsuits" that his team had to defend against. "We won most of the state Supreme Court decisions, but they harassed and intimidated our signature gatherers," he said. Among the states that...
  • Nader loses ballot appeal in Arizona

    10/15/2004 3:00:09 PM PDT · by Kokojmudd · 6 replies · 465+ views
    PHOENIX - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected independent candidate Ralph Nader's bid to appear on Arizona's ballot. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came two weeks after early voting for the Nov. 2 presidential election had begun in Arizona. Nader attorney Robert E. Barnes said it's unlikely that the campaign would appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nader had filed a lawsuit in mid-August alleging the state's requirements for third-party candidates are unconstitutional. A federal judge had denied his request to appear on the ballot and refused to give Nader another chance...
  • Federal appeals court denies Nader emergency injunction - (Ohio)

    10/19/2004 1:34:11 PM PDT · by orangelobster · 16 replies · 451+ views ^ | Oct. 19, 2004 | LISA CORNWELL
    CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court has ruled that it would not grant presidential candidate Ralph Nader an injunction to block a lower court's order that removed him from the Ohio ballot. Nader had appealed an Oct. 12 ruling by U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus, who refused to place the independent on the ballot because of fraud by signature collectors. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its decision Monday that Nader could not demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits of the case. "The state administrative hearing officer found substantial evidence of...
  • [PA] Supreme Court upholds ruling barring Nader from Pa. ballot

    10/19/2004 3:56:42 PM PDT · by Petronski · 14 replies · 814+ views
    WNEPTV / AP ^ | 10-19-4 | AP
    HARRISBURG, Pa. The state Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that ordered Ralph Nader off Pennsylvania's presidential ballot. The one-page order, released this afternoon, did not include any explanation. The intermediate level Commonwealth Court ruled last week that Nader's nomination papers left him more than six-thousand signatures short of the more than 25-thousand needed by registered voters to be listed on the ballot as an independent candidate. Nader's lawyers had appealed to the state Supreme Court.
  • Supreme Court refuses to put Nader on Pennsylvania ballot

    10/23/2004 1:02:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,264+ views
    AP ^ | 10/23/4
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to place independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the ballot in Pennsylvania, upholding a state court finding of flawed signatures on voter petition sheets. Nader asked the high court on Thursday to review Pennsylvania's decision to remove him. A state court cited legal problems with his nomination papers that left him thousands of signatures short of the number required for the Nov. 2 ballot. Nader campaign spokesman Kevin Zeese called the decision "disappointing" and said Nader would continue to appeal decisions made on the state level, even after the election. Nader's request...
  • Nader Tries to Get on Pa. Ballot

    10/21/2004 7:43:46 PM PDT · by sandalwood · 14 replies · 364+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 21, 2004 | Hope Yen
    WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader (news - web sites) asked the U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) on Thursday to place him on the general election ballot in Pennsylvania, a battleground state expected to be critical in the outcome of the Nov. 2 presidential election. In a sign the high court planned to move swiftly, Justice David H. Souter immediately requested that Pennsylvania officials file a response to Nader's emergency request by 2:30 p.m. Friday. Nader's late-evening filing asks the Supreme Court to review Pennsylvania's decision to remove the independent candidate because of legal problems with his nomination papers that...
  • Nader off ballot in Pennsylvania

    10/14/2004 5:07:21 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 23 replies · 568+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 10/14/2004
    HARRISBURG - A state court knocked Ralph Nader off Pennsylvania's presidential ballot on Wednesday, citing thousands of fraudulent signatures including "Mickey Mouse" and "Fred Flintstone." Describing the petitions as "rife with forgeries," Commonwealth Court President Judge James Gardner Colins said that fewer than 19,000 of the more than 51,000 signatures that Nader's supporters submitted were valid. Nader needed at least 25,697 to be listed on the ballot as an independent candidate. "I am compelled to emphasize that this signature-gathering process was the most deceitful and fraudulent exercise ever perpetrated upon this court," Colins said in a 15-page ruling that followed...
  • Courts deny Nader spots on Pennsylvania, Hawaii ballots

    10/13/2004 7:29:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 197+ views
    AP ^ | 10/13/4 | PETER JACKSON
    HARRISBURG -- A state court knocked Ralph Nader off Pennsylvania's presidential ballot on Wednesday, citing thousands of fradulent signatures including "Mickey Mouse" and "Fred Flintstone." The ruling was one of two new setbacks for Nader. Also Wednesday, a federal judge denied the consumer advocate's bid for a spot on Hawaii's ballot.
  • Court bans Nader from Pa. ballot

    10/13/2004 4:34:07 PM PDT · by pittsburgh gop guy · 33 replies · 1,656+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Wednesday, October 13, 2004 | Tom Barnes
    Court bans Nader from Pa. ballot Wednesday, October 13, 2004 By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HARRISBURG -- Commonwealth Court today issued its long-awaited decision on the independent presidential candidacy of Ralph Nader, ordering the consumer advocate off the ballot in Pennsylvania. The court said it had reviewed 51,273 petition signatures submitted by Nader campaign workers and found only 18,818 were valid -- far short of the 25,697 valid names he needed to run for president in Pennsylvania. Commonwealth Court ruled in favor of eight objectors, most of whom were from the Pittsburgh area, who had gone to court after criticizing...
  • Nader Wins Place on Arkansas Ballot

    10/03/2004 9:13:52 AM PDT · by Michael Goldsberry · 5 replies · 228+ views
    NewsMax ^ | NewsMax
    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday granted independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader a place on Arkansas' ballot for the November 2 general election. The court ruling overturned a circuit court judge's order to election officials that would have kept Nader's name off the ballot. Circuit Judge Timothy Fox, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the state Democratic Party, said the signatories who petitioned for Nader name to be on the ballot had not declared him as their candidate. Nader appealed Fox's ruling. In Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the state Commonwealth Court delayed a decision on Nader's request to...
  • NADER BACK ON ARKANSAS BALLOT (Democrats lose lawsuit, delay ballots to troops)

    10/02/2004 5:17:20 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 29 replies · 692+ views
    Associated Press | August 29, 2004
    The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon that independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader can be on the November general election ballot in Arkansas. The state Supreme Court ordered the state to include Nader and vice presidential candidate Peter Miguel Camejo on the ballots as the Populist Party of Arkansas candidates. The court ruling overturns a circuit court judge who ordered election officials not to print the November second ballots with Nader's name on them. Circuit Judge Timothy Fox, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the state Democratic Party, said the signators who petitioned for Nader to be on the...
  • Wis. Supreme Court rules Nader on the state ballot

    09/30/2004 5:07:38 PM PDT · by ambrose · 13 replies · 615+ views
    AP ^ | 9/30
    Posted on Thu, Sep. 30, 2004 Wis. Supreme Court rules Nader on the state ballot JR ROSS Associated Press MADISON, Wis. - The state Supreme Court decided Thursday to put independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader back on the Wisconsin ballot. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin sued to knock Nader off the ballot, arguing the longtime consumer activist had failed to meet the minimal standards required to be listed as a presidential candidate. But the court ruled Nader had substantially complied with Wisconsin requirements for ballot access and should be on the ballot. The ruling overturned a circuit judge's decision earlier...