On August 9, someone challenged the statewide Green Party petition in Pennsylvania. The challenge was made only 90 minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline to file challenges. So far no one has challenged the statewide petitions of the Libertarian Party, or of the Tea Party.
The Green Party statewide petition only has a nominee for U.S. Senate. Pennsylvania Greens did not enter the race for Governor/Lieutenant Governor this year.
The challenge to the Green Party petition, although unfortunate, will make it extremely likely that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit Constitution Party v Cortes will be able to overturn the April 15 decision of a U.S. District Court that said the plaintiff political parties (including the Pennsylvania Green Party) don’t have standing to sue over the Pennsylvania challenge system. Also, if the 2010 challenge against the Green Party succeeds, and the Greens then launch a write-in candidate for their Senate nominee, Mel Packer, then the Green Party will also have standing in the part of the case that complains about the state’s failure to tally write-ins for most write-in candidates, and the failure of certain counties to count write-in votes.