Pennsylvania Has 3 Soon-to-be-Resolved Ballot Access Cases Pending

Pennsylvania courts are mulling over three issues, all related to whether the Green Party statewide nominees will be on this year’s ballot: (1) the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will soon decide how many valid signatures are needed this year for statewide office; (2) the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was asked to decide (on September 29) whether the petition-checking process this year was valid, and whether costs should be assessed against the Greens if they were; (3) the US Court of Appeals is still considering whether to rehear the constitutional ballot access case; that rehearing has been pending since Sep. 5.

Arizona Libertarian Court Hearing Oct. 2 on Missing Write-Ins

Three Arizona Libertarian candidates, and the party, sued in state court on September 28, over Maricopa County’s failure to tally all write-ins at the party’s primary on September 12. Two State Senate candidates are each short two write-ins in order to be nominated, and a candidate for Justice of the Peace is short one write-in. Unopposed write-in candidates at party primaries must not only outpoll any opponents, they must receive a certain number of write-ins, to be considered nominated.

Maricopa County already found some more write-ins to enable one of the party’s congressional candidates to be nominated. The case is Arizona Libertarian Party v Brewer, Superior Ct., Maricopa Co., cv-2006-14637. A hearing is set for 10 am, Oct. 2.

Republican National Convention to be in Minnesota

The Republican Party’s national convention in 2008 will be in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The party announced this decision on September 27. Democrats haven’t chosen their city yet. This is only the 2nd time Minnesota will have hosted a major party presidential convention. See the June 1, 2006 Ballot Access News for a chart showing the locations and dates of post-Civil War major party national conventions.

New Mexico Voters in one State House District Lose their Chance to Elect a Representative

New Mexico state house representatives have two year terms. This year, the voters who live in the 68th district have lost their right to elect a state representative.

The only person running for that seat in this year’s primary was incumbent Democrat Hector Balderas. Naturally, he was re-nominated by the Democrats. Normally his name would then have appeared on the November ballot, unopposed. Although New Mexico permits write-ins, no write-in space is printed on the ballot for a particular office if no declared write-in candidate filed by early June.

In September, Balderas was chosen by a meeting of the Democratic State Committee to be the party’s nominee for State Auditor, since the person nominated for that office in June had withdrawn due to charges of sexual harassment. Since New Mexico law does not permit anyone to run for two offices simultaneously, Balderas’ name was removed from the ballot as the Democratic nominee for State Representative, even though it was too late for anyone to withdraw. Therefore, the office has no candidates, and won’t even appear on the ballot.

Most shocking, there will be no special election to fill the seat next year. The Governor will appoint someone who will serve until the November 2008 election.