Friday, August 31, 2012

RealClearPolitics - Judge to rule on Libertarian ballot case Tuesday

RealClearPolitics - Judge to rule on Libertarian ballot case Tuesday - David Pitt, Associated Press::

August 31. 2012 - "Attorneys for two voters who challenged Johnson's listing on the ballot filed documents Thursday in Polk County District Court in Des Moines asking Judge Arthur Gamble to review the decision of a panel of three state officials that allowed Johnson on the ballot.

"Libertarians say they held a caucus at the Iowa State Fair to get Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, onto Iowa's ballot. Johnson's candidacy was challenged last week by two Iowa voters ... who said Libertarians didn't hold a real convention. Instead, the challenge says Libertarians had volunteers persuade fairgoers to sign a document that said they were delegates for Johnson.

"A panel of three state officials voted unanimously to allow Johnson on the ballot. Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Attorney General Tom Miller and Warren Jenkins, the chief deputy for Auditor David Vaudt concluded Iowa's law isn't clear in its definitions of a convention or caucus and that when in doubt open ballot access should prevail....

"Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Thompson, representing the panel of state officials, said ... the case must be decided by next Thursday for Iowa ballots to be printed so they can be sent to overseas military members by the Sept. 22 deadline."

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