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Libertarian Party Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Write-in Counting Case

Published on January 5, 2013, by in General.

On January 4, the Libertarian Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case known as Libertarian Party v D.C. Board of Elections. The question is whether the District of Columbia Board of Elections violates voters’ rights when it refuses to count the write-in votes for declared write-in candidates. The case originated in 2008, when the party was not on the ballot for President in D.C., but Bob Barr and the three Libertarian presidential elector candidates filed as declared write-in candidates. The Libertarians were the only candidates who filed as declared write-ins for president/presidential elector in D.C. in 2008. The lower courts said the government interest in saving itself effort and expense was more important than the principle that all voters should be treated equally. Here is the cert petition.

UPDATE: the case is number 12-836.

5 Responses

  1. Walter Ziobro

    In the 19th century, each party printed up ballots for their candidates, and distributed them to the voters. The voters then took the ballots of the candidates they wanted, and deposited them in the ballot box. That’s all there was to it; no petitions to list candidates, or declarations by write-ins.

  2. Demo Rep

    Also in such EVIL century, NO secret ballots — party hack purges of voters voting the wrong way, party hack control of nominations, etc.

    Result – SECRET ballots
    OFFICIAL primary and general election ballots.

    Back to the EVIL past ??? – NO thank you.

  3. Mark Brown

    Another nice job, Oliver.

  4. Demo Rep

    How many of the LP cases since 1968 have been LOST by business- as- usual lawyers ???

    The so-called equal protection stuff in the 5th Amdt is one more giant perversion of the Constitution by the politically correct SCOTUS MORONS — inventing stuff out of thin air.

  5. #4, Libertarian Party didn’t exist in 1968. But Libertarian Party constitutional election law cases have won in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois (tentatively, so far), Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.

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