Libertarians Join Lawsuit Against Petition Requirements in Nebraska

The Libertarian Party of Nebraska has joined a lawsuit by the ACLU filed in December against the petition requirements in that state. The Associated Press reports:

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Libertarian Party of Nebraska has joined a federal lawsuit against the state over its petition signature requirements for ballot initiatives and independent candidates.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District in December by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The filing says changes made in 2007 and 2008 to state law are keeping independent candidates and ballot initiatives off the Nebraska ballot, violating protected political speech. The changes increased the number of petition signatures required for independent candidates to get on the ballot and requires all petition circulators to be electors of the state of Nebraska.

The Libertarian Party’s Gene Siadek said Thursday that unfair requirements have kept the party out of Nebraska’s political process.

The Libertarian Party of Nebraska recently launched an effort to get back on the ballot for 2010. The effort requires 6000 signatures total, 2000 from each Congressional district, all due by August 1st.

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