Tag Archives: petition challenge

Pennsylvania Petition Challenge – Volunteer Call

From a message posted to the Pittsburgh LP email forum:


Volunteers Needed In Philadelphia August 20-24, 2012

On August 1, 2012, the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania submitted nearly 50,000 petition signatures to get Gary Johnson and Judge Gray on the ballot in Pennsylvania. Only 20,601 signatures were required so we qualified for ballot access and as of now Gary Johnson will be on the ballot.… Read more ...

Illinois Green, the only competition on the ballot, faces signature challenge in school board race

From MySuburbanLife.com:

Berwyn, IL —Rita Maniotis knew that running a campaign for school board in Morton High School District 201 would be  difficult, but she didn’t anticipate a legal fight just to get on the ballot.

Paul Nosek of Berwyn and Alejandro Rueda of Cicero have filed a formal objection to Maniotis’ nominating papers and thrown her candidacy into legal limbo.

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Independent Candidate for U.S. House in Pennsylvania Survives Challenge

Ballot Access News:

James Schneller, an independent candidate for U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s 7th district, will appear on the November ballot. His ballot label is “American Congress Party.” The 7th district is centered on Delaware County, next to Philadelphia.

Schneller’s petition had been challenged on the basis that many, if not most, of his circulators were Democrats, and that they were motivated to help Schneller because they believe that Schneller will receive votes from people who would otherwise vote for the Republican nominee, Pat Meehan.… Read more ...

New York Libertarian, and West Virginia Constitution, Petitions Succeed

Ballot Access News:

The West Virginia Constitution Party petition for U.S. Senate has enough valid signatures, so the party’s U.S. Senate nominee, Jeff Becker, will appear on the November ballot.

The New York Libertarian Party statewide petition also succeeded. Although someone filed a general challenge to that petition, the challenger did not subsequently follow through with specific objections.… Read more ...

Free and Equal: Pennsylvania Political Insiders Intimidate Third Party and Independent Candidates to Drop Out of Races on Threat of Extensive Challenge Fees

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Every third party or independent candidate who filed for statewide office this year has been removed from the ballot in a blatant display of intimidation. Organizers from several political parties and voter rights organizations held a press conference, August 23, to explain what happened and why.

Attending were: state Sen.… Read more ...

Illinois: At Least Seven Libertarian Candidates on Ballot

The Libertarian Party of Illinois (“LP Illinois”) proudly announces that our state-wide slate of candidates will be on the ballot for this November’s election.  By a unanimous vote last week, the Illinois State Board of Elections determined that LP Illinois has a sufficient number of valid petition signatures and as a result will be able to compete for votes this fall.… Read more ...

Candidates Resort to Increasingly Drastic Measures in Fight for Open Debates

Damon Eris at Poli-Tea:

There are a variety of means by which the Democratic and Republican parties ensure the reproduction of their joint misrule despite the fact that dwindling numbers of Americans are willing to support them in their efforts. Double standards governing access to the ballot for Democrats and Republicans, on the one hand, and everyone else on the other, are aimed at limiting voter choice in local, state and federal elections.… Read more ...

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky: ‘GOP in Louisville Chooses Party Over People’

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – The Libertarian Party of Kentucky (LPKY) is outraged that the Republican Party has decided to try to sue Ed Martin, the legitimate LPKY-endorsed candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, off the ballot, contrary to their deceptive statements about welcoming Ed Martin to the race.

“This tired motif rears its head again,” said Ken Moellman, Chairman of the LPKY.… Read more ...

Illinois Libertarian Party Statewide Slate Survives Challenge

Ballot Access News:

The Libertarian Party statewide slate of candidates in Illinois submitted approximately 45,000 signatures at the end of June, but the petition was challenged. The “binder check” process is now complete and the party seems to have 33,545 valid signatures, well above the legal requirement of 25,000.… Read more ...

Scott Lee Cohen is Now Guaranteed a Spot on Illinois Ballot as an Independent Gubernatorial Candidate

Ballot Access News:

On July 14, the Illinois State Board of Elections dismissed a challenge to the petition of Scott Lee Cohen, an independent candidate for Governor. The challenges to the other statewide petitions are still pending.

Cohen submitted 133,000 signatures for a requirement of 25,000 valid. Major party candidates only need 5,000 valid signatures, and can be on the ballot with just one signature if no one files a challenge.… Read more ...

Nader Asks D.C. Court Not to Permit 2004 Pennsylvania Challengers to Take Money out of his Bank Account

Ballot Access News reports


On April 21, Ralph Nader’s attorney Oliver Hall argued in the D.C. Court of Appeals that the Pennsylvania court order, awarding $81,000 to the people who challenged Nader’s ballot access petition in 2004, was fundamentally unjust. See this story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


The people who challenged Nader’s petition in 2004 used state government employees, on government time, as well as state government databanks and computers.… Read more ...

Free and Equal: ‘Protecting the Privacy Rights of Petition Signers’

Emailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

Do petition signers have a constitutional right to keep their names undisclosed? Or should their support of various initiatives be made public? Without a doubt, keep the names private.

Currently before the U.S. Supreme Court is a case named Doe v. Reed. At issue is whether or not the names of people who signed an initiative petition to repeal Washington State’s same-sex domestic partner law should become public record.… Read more ...