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Pennsylvania Libertarian Petition Now Has Enough Valid Signatures, No Matter How State Supreme Court Rules

Published on October 7, 2012, by in General.

By the end of Saturday, October 6, the Pennsylvania petition process showed that the statewide Libertarian petition has enough valid signatures, even should the State Supreme Court reverse the favorable ruling of the Commonwealth Court of several weeks ago, concerning voters who moved, signed, and had never updated their registration records. And there are still 1,000 signatures to be reviewed. The challengers are now attempting to dispute approximately 100 signatures that they had already conceded to be valid. Thanks to Richard Schwarz for this news.

25 Responses

  1. give-me-liberty

    Suck it, GOP

  2. Andy

    Well, it’s good that it sounds like they are going to make it, but the fact remains that they cut it way too close for comfort. The validity rate from petitioners needs to be higher in Pennsylvania in the future.

  3. Demo Rep

    What century before it is detected by the courts that —

    each election is NEW and has ZERO to do with ANY prior stuff – except the number of actual voters in the election areas involved ???

    i.e. will ALL petitions have to be filed a mere year or more before any election to undergo validity tests ???

  4. So I guess it is pretty much official. Oklahoma will be the only state to deny their voters the right to choose Gary Johnson.

  5. paulie

    Oklahoma will be the only state to do so completely. Michigan will have write-in only is what it looks like.

  6. Top Three

    Tired of the same old divisive wedge politics?

    Try unity with ALL USA voters under pure proportional representation (PR) where every voter gets the liberty to self-categorize as they wish without penalty.

    The USA Parliament has been doing it for 17 consecutive years and it works great!

    That’s where only 1/1001ths (or .999%) plus one vote of the total votes cast elects each of the 1000 members of parliament (MPs) with a guaranteed minimum satisfaction level of 99.9% plus 1000 votes.

    Sign up today and be a part of the unity team!
    http://usparliament.org/votehere.php

    Very truly yours,
    –James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
    (415) 686-1996

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  7. Top Three

    1000 X .999 (plus one vote) = 999 or 99.9% (plus 1000 votes)

  8. :-)

    Good, it looks like we won a very hard-fought battle. Congrats to the LP for the remarkable job they did for getting 48-state ballot access with one state as a write-in. I truly feel for ya if you live in Oklahoma…

  9. paulie

    48 states plus DC, same as in 2004.

    Better than 2008, 1988, 1984, 1976, 1972.

    Worse than 2000, 1996, 1992 and 1980.

    Also better than any of Nader’s runs iirc.

  10. Robert McHugh

    48 states and DC and, my guess, the best vote total ever.

  11. Andrew

    Nader got on 46 in 2008 – without national party support. A very good effort – as has been the LP effort this time. Whether the LP can beat him in votes cast is another matter. He got 730,000 in 2008 but 2.8 million with the Greens in 2000.

    Setting a new vote total high (about a million needed) seems a realistic target for the LP – what do you (more informed) folks think?

  12. David

    Good job to the folks in PA. Given todays political climate, how do you think Harry Browne would have done if he were running today?

  13. Casual Bystander

    While I would like to believe Gov. Johnson will set a new record, I just don’t think he will. I believe he will fall short of Ed Clark’s 1980 showing.

  14. George Whitfield

    I think Gary Johnson will receive between 1,250,000 and 1,450,000 votes with possibly more.

  15. Robert McHugh

    I am thinking that GJ will get between 3,000,000 and 4,000,000 votes. Maybe more.

  16. Steve M

    1% 1.4 million
    2% 2.8 million
    3% 4.2 million

    judging by the number of neo-con republicans out telling voters that they have to vote for their rat over the other rat…. Id say that 2.8 million is a low estimate.

    positive thing is every time they publish we get to respond.

  17. The Truth

    Gary Johnson will get between 500,000 and 800,000 votes. Between .5% and 1%. Anyone who wants to bet otherwise, let me know, I will gladly take your money.

  18. Robert McHugh

    1%, based on 2008 numbers, would be about 1.3 million. .5% would be about 650,000.

  19. Casual Bystander

    Any word from the PA Supreme Court? Isn’t today the day they are supposed to make a ruling?

  20. Richard Schwarz

    According to the Commonwealth Court Judge James Collins, he does not expect the PA Supreme Court to rule until next week. They are most likely waiting for everything to be wrapped up in Commonwealth Court and its likely the Supreme Court’s decision will be moot anyhow.

  21. Casual Bystander

    @ 21… thanks for the update.

  22. Given the “selection” of Presidential candidates available this cycle, I cannot imagine 140 Million (or anywhere near that many) people showing up to vote. Half that, maybe.
    Low turnout should inflate the percentages for all minor party candidates. To what extent that truly benefits any minor party remains to be seen.

  23. Robert McHugh

    Well..senate races, house races, gubernatorial races all help to drive turnout. Some tough races out there.

  24. Yeah, down-ballot action is the only reason I plan to show up but I think Obamney et al will discourage a lot of other people from doing so. That’s where nearly all the media attention is.

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