The Wisconsin deadline for independent presidential candidates, and the presidential nominees of unqualified parties, has passed. Four petitions were submitted for President: Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Jill Stein (Green), Gloria LaRiva (Party for Socialism and Liberation), and Jerry White (Socialist Equality Party).
The state elections office rejected the petitions of Jill Stein and Jerry White because the board says there is a residency requirement for presidential elector candidates, and a group must have a resident in each U.S. House district. However, as noted on yesterday’s post about Jerry White, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that presidential petitions may not be rejected on those grounds. The 2004 decision was won by Ralph Nader. The Stein and White campaigns will point this out to the state elections officials.
The Constitution Party and Americans Elect are ballot-qualified parties in Wisconsin, and thus no petition is needed for their presidential nominees. The Party for Socialism and Liberation petitioned for Gloria LaRiva instead of its actual presidential candidate, Peta Lindsey, because Wisconsin will not print the name of presidential candidates on the ballot if those presidential candidates don’t meet the qualifications listed in the U.S. Constitution. Lindsey is under the age of 35.