U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania Sets July 31 Hearing Date in Ballot Access Case

On July 29, U.S. District Court Judge Stewart Dalzell set a hearing for July 31, at 10 a.m., in courtroom 15B, for Green Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele, eastern district, 2:14cv-3299. The hearing is at the U.S. District Courthouse in Philadelphia. The Green and Libertarian Parties will present witnesses and will argue for an injunction on these issues: (1) the ban on out-of-state circulators; (2) the notarization requirement; (3) the rule against mixing signatures from residents of different counties on the same sheet, given that the state has its own statewide database of registered voters; (4) the requirement that each petition signer include the year in the “date signed” column; (5) whether the election law, read by its plain words, means that anyone eligible to register to vote (and not just registered voters) may sign petitions. Thanks to Bill Redpath for this news. Bill Redpath, who has collected tens of thousands of signatures for the Libertarian Party in many states, and who wants to work in Pennsylvania (even though he is a Virginia resident) will be one of the witnesses.

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