Libertarian Party of Ohio: Charlie Earl Qualifies for Governor Race; LPO to Appeal Other SOS Rulings

After surviving the Ohio GOP attempt to remove challenger parties from the 2014 election, Libertarian governor hopeful Charlie Earl was certified to be on the ballot Tuesday.

Earl, attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary, and about 20 more Libertarian candidates for other offices throughout Ohio, will be candidates in the state’s May 6 primary—for those who choose a Libertarian ballot—and for the November 4 general election.

In November, Kasich signed SB 193—known statewide as the “John Kasich Re-Election Protection Act.” Passed with only Republican votes and with no person or group testifying in its favor, SB 193 banned the Libertarian Party and other challenger parties from the 2014 election.

In January, a federal judge ruled in LPO v. Husted that Ohio could not enforce SB 193 in 2014.

Libertarian Pary of Ohio Political Director Bob Bridges said the party will appeal rulings that excluded from the ballot Libertarian hopefuls for secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, and a state house candidate.

“We have reason to believe that some local boards of election improperly invalidated many signatures and petitions for these candidates based on a mistaken interpretation of who is eligible to sign and circulate petitions,” Bridges said. “This is about what we expected from a highly partisan secretary of state with a horrible record on voting rights.”

Under Ohio election law, Ohio voters may not sign or circulate petitions for Libertarian candidates if they are neither registered Libertarians nor “unaffiliated” voters.

In Warren County, the county board of elections was forced to convene a special meeting to reverse their decision to keep a state representative candidate from the ballot because the board had incorrectly invalidated several signatures, Bridges said.

“With the way Libertarians have been treated by the legislature and the secretary of state over the past decade, we have been forced into the position of knowing the law better than those enforcing it,” said Scott Pettigrew, the Libertarian candidate in the 62nd House district.

“Given that we spent four months fighting SB 193 for the right to exist as a political party in Ohio and that about half of our supporters were prohibited by law from helping with the petition effort because they voted for Ron Paul in the Republican primary, I think we did an amazing job,” said Kevin Knedler, LPO Executive Committee Chair.

“We’re the only challenger party to survive the Republican attempt to end electoral choice in Ohio,” Knedler said. “That means fiscal conservatives and people who value individual liberty and Constitutional rights still have an option in November.”

For more information:
Aaron Keith Harris
LPO Communications Director
937-825-0204
aaron.harris@lpo.org

Source

16 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Ohio: Charlie Earl Qualifies for Governor Race; LPO to Appeal Other SOS Rulings

  1. Vernon

    Is DAVID MACKO running for anything this year? He is an Ohio Libertarian who really understands the needs of and cares about Majority-Americans and doesn’t kowtow to zionists.

  2. Matt Cholko

    It is great news. But, as I understand it, the LPO may still be in trouble in 2016 and beyond. As I understand it, the incredibly ridiculous law was ruled to be unenforceable in 2014 only. Is this not correct?

  3. paulie

    Correct for now, but we are still suing about 2016 and later, that just has not been settled yet. And while having to get large numbers of signatures for 2016 will be a setback if we can’t get judicial or egslative relief, it is not an insurmountable barrier.

  4. Kevin Knedler

    The change of the law to a 4 year (2 major election ) cycle instead of the former 2 year cyce is HUGE. We don’t have to worry about voter thresholds to retain ballot access in the 2016 Presidential election. Very few minor party candidates or independents have gotten more than 2% in Ohio POTUS elections.
    1968, 1980, 1992, 1996, 2000. That’s it.

  5. Steven R Linnabary

    The last I heard, the LPO will not challenge the rulings, the three campaigns simply did not file enough signatures to prevail.

    However, republicans HAVE mounted a challenge to my campaign and that of Charlie Earl as well as a couple of local state rep candidates.

    In other news, Kevin Knedler has filed as a write-in for secretary of state and Bob Bridges has filed for Auditor.

    http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/02/libertarian_green_parties_post.html

    PEACE

  6. Matt Cholko

    Sounds like its quite important to get that 2%.

    So, what if he fails to hit the mark? How many sigs will be needed in 2016, in how much time, with what conditions?

  7. paulie

    The last I heard, the LPO will not challenge the rulings, the three campaigns simply did not file enough signatures to prevail.

    However, republicans HAVE mounted a challenge to my campaign and that of Charlie Earl as well as a couple of local state rep candidates.

    Well, I did offer to come up there…

  8. Andy

    “paulie February 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

    ‘The last I heard, the LPO will not challenge the rulings, the three campaigns simply did not file enough signatures to prevail.

    However, republicans HAVE mounted a challenge to my campaign and that of Charlie Earl as well as a couple of local state rep candidates.’

    Well, I did offer to come up there…”

    As did I.

  9. paulie

    And how many is 2%?

    In my state, that would be approx. 100,000 votes.

    Population comparison per wikipedia:

    Ohio 11.5 million
    New York 19.65 million

  10. David Macko

    Vernon, thank you. I have qualified as the Libertarian candidate for Congress in Ohio House District 14, which includes Ashtabula, Lake, and Geauga counties and portions of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage and Trumbull counties. My new website is http://www.mackoforliberty.org. I intend to continue to work for the abolition of the Federal Reserve System, repeal of the income tax, dismantling of the police state, especially the “Patriot” Act, the TSA, the CIA and the NSA, the repeal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ending of all foreign aid to ALL countries, bringing all of our troops home and getting the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US. In 2012 I did not call for the impeachment of Obama since I did not wish to imply that he was going to win. If I am elected I will work diligently to impeach him.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.