Published on the Constitution Party’s Facebook page on September 13, 2013:
Dear Friend of the Constitution Party:
The New York City Board of Elections recently disqualified three independent candidates for Mayor because they did not have enough valid signatures on their petitions to be included on the ballot.
Colorado voters recalled an incumbent Democrat on Tuesday but their only choice to replace him was a Republican. A third party candidate was ruled ineligible because she didn’t submit enough valid signatures to get on the ballot: 408 were required and she submitted 834, but 426 were “invalid” for technical reasons — no middle initial etc.
Now, New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran, a Republican, removed the Green Party and the Constitution Party from the ballot, even though for the last 17 years, New Mexico law has been interpreted to mean that when a party successfully petitions for party status, it gets to be on the ballot for next two elections, not just one cycle.
We think the ruling is wrong — and politically motivated. You see, last year the Chairman of the New Mexico Constitution Party, Jon Barrie, submitted petitions with 10,279 names to be on the ballot as a US Senate nominee. He needed 6,028 qualified signers. Duran ruled that Jon fell 315 names short — for the usual technical reasons — and she gave him a big “no” to his request to review the petitions for possible mix-ups.
She apparently didn’t think our feisty candidate would fight back — but Jon took the Secretary of State all the way to the Supreme Court … and won. In fact, Jon drew more votes on election day than New Mexico’s former Governor did as the Libertarian Party nominee for President.
The Secretary of State is using a discredited 1992 Attorney General’s Opinion for her action — New Mexico Secretaries of State and Attorneys General declined to follow it from 1996 until she dusted it off.
Diana Duran has Jon Barrie and the Constitution Party in her sights … and she’s counting again on the hunch that we won’t take on a political Goliath.
Well, she’s wrong!
We have an attorney — the same one who beat her decision against Jon Barrie in 2012 — on the case. His blunt assessment is encouraging:
“You have asked my opinion regarding a legal challenge to the N.M. Secretary of State’s determination that the Constitution Party no longer qualifies as a minor party in New Mexico for the upcoming 2014 election cycle. I am of the opinion that this determination is ripe for a challenge before the New Mexico Supreme Court.”
That’s why I’m writing. We have up-front legal fees, for research and preparation, before we go to court. Your sacrificial donation of $50 will jump start our case.
New Mexico is the first battle of the Constitution Party’s ballot access war. We may have to go to court in some states, and we will have to petition to get on the ballot in others. (One professional signature-gathering company estimates it would take more than $95,000 to get on the ballot in Arizona, almost $197,000 in Massachusetts, and over $266,000 in Oklahoma!). However, we have an active Constitution Party member who is a professional when it comes to organizing petition drives. Thanks to his loyalty to our party, he does an outstanding job at cost effective rates.
So the fight for ballot access in 2014 has already begun. I hope you’ll be on the front lines by an investment of $50, $75 or even $20 or $25.
Let’s help New Mexico be the shot that’s heard in the offices of election officials around the country — the Constitution party is fighting for the American voter who eagerly awaits alternatives to the establishment elite’s nominees. Our candidates oppose unconstitutional wars, take an uncompromising stand for the right to life, and advocate ending the Federal Reserve’s manipulation of our fiscal stability.
Republicans and Democrats don’t want such patriots on the ballot.
I hope to hear from you soon with a generous gift of $25 or even $250 … the fight has begun.
P.S. Just to add insult to injury, the New Mexican Democratic and Republican parties need about 50 percent less signatures to get on the ballot than does the Constitution Party. We’re fighting back – starting today – but the party needs your help. Please be generous.
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