The Constitution Party of Pennsylvania submitted approximately 35,000 petition signatures in an effort to make the ballot in their state, where the requirement is 20,601 valid petitions. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania there is a very discriminatory procedure for challenging petitions. The challenge costs nothing to those alleging invalid or insufficient signatures, while it can cost the party attempting to get ballot status tens of thousands of additional extra dollars. Pennsylvania awards attorney costs to the challengers of the petition if they are successful and it seemed like they were likely to. So on August 21st, the Constitution Party’s attorneys withdrew the petition in a deal with the challengers that would ensure they didn’t pay court costs.
Apparently one particular petitioner in Philadelphia had a very low validity rate and very few were passing muster. This has had an effect on the Libertarian Party’s petitions too, as the same petitioner turned in a large number of signatures for that party.