The Ohio Secretary of State’s office has determined that both the Green and Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidates have enough valid signatures on their petitions. Each needed 5,000 valid signatures and turned in double that amount. Each will have the label “Other-party candidate” on the November ballot, instead of the label of their party. However, a bill will be introduced in Ohio soon to allow such candidates to have their party label printed on the ballot in future elections.
Pennsylvania HB 2830, which sets a cap on the number of signatures required for statewide minor party and independent candidates (45,000) passed the State House Government Committee on June 29. The bill has other unrelated provisions, and would take effect this year.
On June 29, Bill Scheuer, the Moderate Party candidate for U.S. House, Illinois 8th district, sued the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and various individuals, for fraud. Scheuer had laboriously collected 13,000 signatures to get on the November ballot. Since the legal requirement was almost 14,000, he had also contracted with an individual who promised to collect another 10,000 signatures for payment. The individual appears to have disguised his true identity, and also disguised the fact that he is a government employee associated with the Democratic Party. The individual gave Scheurer assurances that he was getting the signatures, but in fact he was not doing so. The case is Moderate Party v Dem. Congressional Campaign Committee, and has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge James B. Moran, a Carter appointee.
On June 22 the national Democratic Party’s Rules Committee voted to authorize one or two presidential primaries or caucuses before the New Hampshire presidential primary. The Committee will decide on July 22 or July 23 which state or states will be allowed to go earlier. The July meeting will also set dates for these states.
On June 27, the Oregon Secretary of State announced that the Working Families Party is now ballot-qualified. The party needed 18,381 valid signatures, and achieved this goal.
The Reform Party went off the ballot in California in November 2002. When a party is off the ballot in California, but wishes to re-qualify, it must notify the Secretary of State to keep track of how many registrations it has. Once it gets a number of registrations equal to 1% of the last gubernatorial vote, it is back on the ballot. The Reform Party has just re-filed its request that the state keep track of its registrations. The next tally won’t be until September 2006. The Reform Party probably has about 35,000 registrants now, and it will probably need about 90,000 to get back on. The exact number won’t be known until the November 2006 election is held; the requirement is 1% of the number of people who vote in that election. The party would have until January 2008 to meet the requirement.