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Arkansas Green Party Loses Lawsuit Against Vote Test to Remain on Ballot

Published on July 31, 2010, by in General.

On July 29, a U.S. District Court in Arkansas upheld the vote test that determines whether a party may remain on the ballot automatically or not.  Green Party of Arkansas v Daniels, 4:09-cv-695.  Fortunately, the Green Party had done another petition for the 2010 election, so it is on the ballot this year anyway.  UPDATE:  here is the 23-page opinion.

Arkansas removes parties from the ballot if they fail to poll 3% of the vote for the office at the top of the ballot.  In presidential years, parties must poll 3% for President; in gubernatorial years, they must poll 3% for Governor.  The Arkansas Green Party had polled over 20% for U.S. Senate in 2008, and had elected a state legislator, but that didn’t help to keep the party on the ballot.  The party’s presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, polled less than 3%, so it lost its spot on the ballot and had to re-petition.  The petition to get back on takes 10,000 signatures.

No federal court has ever struck down a vote test for a party to remain ballot-qualified, so this was a tough case to win.

2 Responses

  1. omar

    so much for any one can be elected to any office

  2. Demo Rep

    Every election is N-E-W and has ZERO to do with any earlier election stuff — regardless of mini-armies of MORON lawyers and judges — unable to detect the *equal* in 14th Amdt, Sec. 1.

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