Colorado Libertarian to Sue County over Ballot Access

Ken Waters, Libertarian nominee for Arapahoe County, Colorado, sheriff, will file a ballot access lawsuit in state court on August 17. He is being kept off the ballot because he has not been a registered Libertarian for an entire year since filing. However, in 1988, a Colorado state court ruled that political parties have a Freedom of Association right to accept candidates who have not been members of their own party for an entire year. The Libertarian Party of Colorado has a bylaw, setting the prior affiliation period at only 3 months, a requirement that Waters meets.

The Colorado election code gives qualified major parties the right to set a shorter affiliation period. But due to a flaw in drafting the qualified minor party law in 1998, that protection was not extended to qualified minor parties. The lawsuit will argue that the same protection won by the Democratic Party in 1988 should be extended to qualified minor parties as well.

Pennsylvania Senate Poll Shows Greens Don't Affect Outcome

A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows that the winner is not changed in the Pennsylvania US Senate race, whether the Green Party is on the ballot or not. Pennsylvania Democrats are in the process of challenging the statewide Green Party petition.

The poll, with the Green candidate, shows: Democratic 48%, Republican 42%, Green 5%, don’t know and other 5%.

The poll, without the Green candidate, shows: Democratic 51%, Republican 44%, don’t know and other 5%.

Pennsylvania Senate Poll Shows Greens Don’t Affect Outcome

A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows that the winner is not changed in the Pennsylvania US Senate race, whether the Green Party is on the ballot or not. Pennsylvania Democrats are in the process of challenging the statewide Green Party petition.

The poll, with the Green candidate, shows: Democratic 48%, Republican 42%, Green 5%, don’t know and other 5%.

The poll, without the Green candidate, shows: Democratic 51%, Republican 44%, don’t know and other 5%.

Internal Prohibition Party Split Still Not Settled, May Go to Trial

The Prohibition Party has been split into two competing national organizations ever since 2003. Because the national Prohibition Party is the beneficiary of an annual bequest (under the terms of the will of a party leader who died in the 1930’s) the Pennsylvania bank that handles the money has asked a state court to determine which faction is the legitimate faction. This lawsuit has not yet produced any settlement. Therefore, on October 5, the court will hold a status hearing and will probably proceed to a trial.

North Carolina H88 Signed Into Law

On August 13, North Carolina House Bill 88 was signed into law. It lowers the number of signatures for a statewide independent party from 2% of the registered voters, to 2% of the last gubernatorial vote. It lowers the vote test for a party to remain on the ballot from 10%, to 2%. Unfortunately, it also imposes filing fees on independent candidates and candidates nominated by convention.