Ballot Access News carries the news that
On September 23, U.S. District Court Judge James Brady ruled that Bob Barr should be on the Louisiana ballot, but that co-plaintiff Brian Moore (Socialist Party nominee) should not be on. The case is Libertarian Party et al v Dardenne, 08-cv-582.
Judge Brady differentiated between Barr and Moore by noting that the Libertarian Party is a ballot-qualified party, whereas the Socialist Party is not. He said the law gives a qualified party a three-day grace period, but that the law does not extend that to unqualified parties. The written decision is not available yet; the judge spoke orally. The written opinion should be available by 5 p.m. central time.
This brings Barr up to 46 states, the same number as Ralph Nader this year and Ron Paul in 1988, with
Connecticut, Maine and Oklahoma still to be determined.
BAN also reports that
The effort to show that the Connecticut Libertarian statewide petition has at least 7,500 valid signatures is making good headway. The state had initially said there were only 6,999 valid signatures, but it turns out that the state made an addition error. The correct sum should have been, and is now acknowledged to be, 7,279 signatures. In addition to that, it appears that 116 petition sheets were lost while they were in the custody of either the towns, or the state. Unfortunately the Barr campaign did not make photocopies of all the sheets. In addition to all that, the Libertarian activists who are still re-validating signatures are finding signatures that are valid, but which had been improperly invalidated. That work continues.
Brian Moore is on the ballot in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin, and in court in Mississippi. Besides Moore and Barr, the only candidate listed by BAN as still having ballot lines up in the air is Ted Weill of the Reform Party, in Louisiana. Weill is currently on the ballot only in Mississippi.
Barr is 2-1 in lawsuit news in the last two days, with victories in Louisiana and Massachusetts and a loss in Texas.