Pennsylvania Ballot Access Appeal Filed with Third Circuit

On April 11, the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties of Pennsylvania filed an appeal in the 3rd circuit in Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele, 13-1952. The U.S. District Court had ruled that none of the parties has standing to challenge the unique Pennsylvania petition challenge system, and so no decision on the substance of the case has yet been released. If the 3rd circuit agrees with the political parties that they do have standing, it will remand the case back to the U.S. District Court for a decision on the merits.

In the meantime, a hard-working group of Pennsylvania volunteers from all the parties are working on an analysis of the 2012 statewide Constitution Party petition. The Constitution Party had withdrawn its statewide petition rather than face the prospect of court costs of as much as $110,000. The volunteers are checking each of the signatures to determine whether, in fact, the petition may have had enough valid signatures.


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