On July 9, the 9th circuit struck down two Arizona ballot access restrictions: (1) an independent presidential petition deadline in early June; (2) a law that out-of-state residents may not circulate petitions in Arizona. The case is Nader v Brewer, 06-16251.
The vote was 3-0. The decision striking down the ban on out-of-state circulators, by its logic, would apply to any type of petition. Judge Mary M. Schroeder wrote the opinion.
The decision might have an impact on the 2008 election. It may make it possible for Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party presidential candidate) to qualify in Arizona. He would need 21,759 valid signatures by mid-August.
The decision will help the proposed Oklahoma ballot access case soon to be filed by Bob Barr, and it also makes it more likely that the pending ACLU lawsuit against Montana’s March petition deadline (for office other than president) will win.