Friday, March 20, 2020

Ohio Supreme Court Says Ohio Libertarian Party May Intervene in Lawsuit Over Postponing Primary

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On March 20, the Ohio Supreme Court said that the Libertarian Party may intervene in the Democratic Party’s lawsuit over the decision to postpone the primary (for president and all other office). The Libertarian Party will argue that the state officials who moved the primary didn’t have the authority to do that, at least relative to federal offices.

Largest Minnesota Newspaper Carries Op-Ed in Favor of Suspending Need for Candidate Ballot Access Petitions

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On March 19, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the largest newspaper in Minnesota, carried this op-ed urging that the need for candidate ballot access petitions be suspended. The op-ed is by leaders of the Green, Independence, and Libertarian Parties.

Libertarian Party National Chair Appears on MSNBC and Asks that Ballot Access Petitions be Suspended

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Nick Sarwark, national chair of the Libertarian Party, was on MSNBC on March 17. The host of the interview seemed to think that the Libertarian Party is on the ballot already in all 50 states. Actually it is now on for president in 35 states plus D.C. The host asked how the party will hold a nominating convention, but Sarwark steered the conversation around to ballot access petitioning. He said that the party has already asked Illinois state officials to suspend the need for ballot access petitions, given the health dangers of petitioning. Here is a link; go to the 1 minute 39 second mark to hear Sarwark.
Thus, Sarwark educated some MSNBC viewers that among the other election administration problems, petitioning is also a problem that ought to be addressed. Most election administration experts who appear on media interviews have not discussed this problem so far.

Montana Libertarian Party Recruits New U.S. Senate Candidate

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The Montana Libertarian Party has recruited a new U.S. Senate candidate to replace the candidate who withdrew just before the filing deadline. She is Susan Good Geise, a County Commissioner in Lewis & Clark County. This story about her indicates that she is motivated to run partly because the incumbent Republican U.S. Senator has been too slavish in his support for President Trump. Thanks to Political Wire for this news.

Libertarian Presidential Debates hosted by the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania

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