An email from veteran professional petition circulator Andy Jacobs which was sent to members of the LNC, IPR and others earlier today contains a first-hand report and videos of harassment of petitioners in Oklahoma.
The first video is of Andy “getting illegally kicked out of a public arts festival at a community college in Oklahoma City for asking people to sign a petition to place the Libertarian Party on the ballot.”
The following is a video of Andy “getting illegally kicked out of a public food festival at a public park in Oklahoma City for asking people to sign a state mandated ballot access petition to place the Libertarian Party on the ballot.”
Mr. Jacobs further reports that:
“Prior to when I started recording on the park video, the security guards had already been harassing Paul (IPR’s own Paulie Frankel). Paulie showed them papers that contained relevant legal information about gathering petition signatures at parks and public festivals and the security guards refused to read any of it.
“I was actually taking a risk by video recording this with my phone, as the police have been known to rip video recorders away from people and erase recording, or destroy the recording equipment, and then lie about what happened afterwards.
“This is why all petition circulators ought to be equipped with body cameras that automatically upload footage to the cloud. Any rights violations should be met with Section 1983 law suits.
“If we can start getting some victories over the people who prevent us from gathering petition signatures (police, security guards, etc…), this would probably get the thugs to leave us alone in the future.
“One of the biggest reasons for petition drives failing is petition circulators being run out of venues with public foot traffic.
“. . . it should be pointed out that all over this country, petition circulators are routinely harassed, and illegally prevented from gathering petition signatures. Here are videos of the 2014 Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota, Chris Holbrook, being illegally harassed and prevented from gathering ballot access petition signatures at a public park.
“Watch as Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota, Chris Holbrook, is placed in handcuffs, and put in the back of a police vehicle, for the “crime” of asking people to sign a state mandated ballot access petition.
Andy concludes by asking:
“So are we going to keep getting kicked around election cycle after election cycle, or are we going to do something about this?”
IPR intends to cover whatever legal actions are taken to bring accountability to these apparent illegal acts by law enforcement.
Others with similar experiences to the videos above are especially encouraged to post same in the comments section below.