Tuscon.com: Arizona Supreme Court upholds ballot signature requirements law

UnknownFrom Tuscon.com (you can read the full original article here):

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday upheld a law that its proponents admitted is designed to help elect Republicans by keeping Libertarians from siphoning away votes.

In a unanimous ruling, the justices acknowledged the new law increased the number of signatures a Libertarian is required to get to run for statewide office by a factor of 25. By contrast, the 2015 statute had little effect on Republican and Democrat candidates.

But Chief Justice Scott Bales said the increased burden is legally irrelevant. He said the Republican-controlled Legislature was entitled to decide that all candidates from all parties have to show the same level of support to qualify for a place on the ballot.

Friday’s ruling comes in a case involving Libertarian Frank Tamburri. It dashes his bid to challenge Republican John McCain in November for the U.S. Senate.

But it may not be the last word on the validity of the law.

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6 thoughts on “Tuscon.com: Arizona Supreme Court upholds ballot signature requirements law

  1. Tony From Long Island

    Andy and I rarely agree, but this is one of those rare times.

    I hate reading about rulings like this. I don’t think ballots should be very very easy to get on – there shouldn’t be 35 candidates, but when a law is CLEARLY meant to help Republicans (and they are usually meant to help just Republicans – not Democrats) they can not stand!

    It’s almost as bad as the lawmaker who said out loud that the voter ID law was going to help elect Romney.


    “entitled to decide that all candidates from all parties have to show the same level of support to qualify for a place on the ballot.”

    Some state parties, such as Penna., would love to have to gather only the same number of petitions as candidates from the klepto parties.

  3. Richard Winger

    It’s not true that Arizona equalizes primary petition signature requirements. Registered Greens can get on the Arizona Green Party primary with only 806 signatures for statewide office, yet Libertarians need 3,034. The State Supreme Court said nothing about the Green Party primary petition requirements.

    Also the State Supreme Court said nothing about the write-in total needed to nominate a candidate in a primary. Arizona Libertarians running for statewide office need 3,034, but Greens only need one vote. This State Supreme Court ruling said nothing at all about the write-in primary requirement.

    All of these issues are pending in federal court. The only reason the State Supreme Court even put out a decision is that a Republican challenged the Libertarian primary petitoin for US Senate. We did not go to State Supreme Court, but we were dragged into that court because of the challenge process.

    The State Supreme Court in 2002 upheld the June petition deadline for indp pres candidates in Browne v Baylor, but the Ninth Circuit invalidated the June deadline in 2008 in Nader v Brewer. So just because the State Supreme Court upheld the law doesn’t mean the law is safe.

  4. Bondurant

    If there’s 35 candidates, so be it.

    Given the relationship these past years between the AZLP and GOP this ruling does not come as a surprise. A state senator acknowledged to AZLP leadership that a directive came from the RNC to do everything in their power to thwart LP ballot access in AZ. The courts as well consistently carriet the water too.

    They even attempted to thwart registered Libertarians on Tuesday by giving voters the wrong primary ballots missing lines for write-in candidates.

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