Monday, August 10, 2015

Libertarians removed from city ballot in Indiana

Libertarian candidates removed from ballot - Herald Bulletin: Local News - Ken de la Bastide:

August 8, 2015 - "The five Libertarian Party candidates running for office in the city of Anderson have been removed from the November ballot for a violation of state law.

"The Election Board voted unanimously Friday to remove the candidates because their declarations of candidacy were not certified by the state party chairman.

"A complaint with the Election Board was filed by Russ Willis, chairman of the Madison County Republican Party, alleging state election laws were violated by the Libertarian Party.

"State law requires that local candidates be nominated at a convention and that ballot vacancies have to be certified by the chairman of the state party.

"The applications to be included on the ballot for elected positions filed with the Madison County Clerk’s office indicate that there was no local party convention, and the vacancies were certified by Greg Noland, chairman of the Madison County Libertarian Party.

"Election Board attorney Jeff Graham said the Election Board was in a difficult position.... Graham said when the complaint was filed he wanted to determine how the candidates could remain on the ballot.

"'The board is constrained by state statute,' he said. 'It’s tough to get around.'"

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