Annapolis On-Line Newspaper Features Story About Bob Auerbach, who Has Been Fighting for Better Ballot Access in Maryland Since 1972September 3rd, 2012
Eye on Annapolis, an on-line newspaper covering the Annapolis, Maryland area since 2009, has this feature story about Bob Auerbach. The story says that he will be on the November ballot as the Green Party nominee for U.S. House, 5th district. The story focuses on the fact that he is 92 and has been a peace activist for many decades.
Auerbach has been fighting for better ballot access in Maryland since at least 1972. He was active in the Peoples’ Party back then, the party that ran Dr. Benjamin Spock for President in 1972. He was the lead plaintiff in a Peoples’ Party ballot access lawsuit against the Maryland ballot access laws, which at the time seemed to say that if the Peoples’ Party wanted to put Dr. Spock on the ballot, it would have needed to collect 49,341 valid signatures on a candidate petition by March, as well as a separate petition containing 10,000 valid signatures. Although the lawsuit did not win, it caused the Maryland Attorney General to write an opinion saying new parties that submitted the 10,000 signature petition and only wanted to place a presidential nominee on the ballot didn’t need to do the huge candidate petition.