Steve G.

Barr misses Maine deadline

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Politics on August 12, 2008 at 11:17 am

Also posted at Independent Political Report

Hot on the heels of the failure in West Virginia (additional discussion at Ballot Access News and Last Free Voice), Ballot Access News reports:

On the deadline date of August 8, Bob Barr submitted a total of 3,200 signatures to various town and city clerks in Maine. State law requires 4,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot.

Over the weekend, petitioners obtained another 2,000 signatures, which they had hoped to turn in to the clerks on Monday. The signatures are not due at the Secretary of State’s office until Aug. 15. If the local clerks choose to take the late signatures, Barr could still qualify, since the additional signatures would potentially give him 5,200 total.

If the officials fail to accept and certify the late signatures, LP officials plan to go to court.

Maine joins Oklahoma, Massachusetts and West Virginia among states which the Barr campaign is suing to be on the ballot. The Barr campaign also raced to the deadline in Connecticut, as well as in New Hampshire, where the LP failed to qualify in 2004 and 2006 and where George Phillies will be on the ballot either alongside or instead of Bob Barr as a Libertarian Presidential candidate. The results of the last-minute pushes in Connecticut and New Hampshire are forthcoming.

Another possible concern for the campaign is the District of Columbia, which pre-nomination LP ballot access plans had written off (along with West Virginia and Oklahoma). According to the chart at Ballot Access News, with a week left to go, DC reports only 300 signatures gathered for Barr. Although the District requires only 3,883 valid signatures, petitioning in the district is made more difficult than in other places because non-DC residents make up a substantial portion of the DC workforce and nightlife, and because of the high prevalence of tourists, people who are disqualified (or believe they are disqualified) from voting by reason of a criminal record, and those who are not (or believe they are not) allowed to sign petitions because of their government job.

The LP has been on the ballot in 48 states or more plus DC in every election since 1992.

  1. More ammo for those who want to hold earlier conventions to give the nominee more time to petition. This petitioning season also shows the weakness of various state parties who don’t have the petition experience or ground troops to conduct these drives without massive outside help. One wonders how few states the LP candidate (or any other third party’s candidates) could make if paid outside petitioning were banned!

  2. More ammo for those who want to hold earlier conventions to give the nominee more time to petition.

    I agree.

    One wonders how few states the LP candidate (or any other third party’s candidates) could make if paid outside petitioning were banned!

    It is banned in some states, and people find a way around those laws — which have been ruled unconstitutional yet keep popping up.

  3. Ballot-Access News just changed their entry to reflect good news.

    The town/city clerks are accepting the late filing of the signatures since the state deadline is not until Aug. 15.

    http://www.ballot-access.org/2008/08/12/bob-barr-falls-short-in-maine-tries-to-file-more-signatures-late/

  4. Thanks Eric!

    I’ll make a new post about that shortly.

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