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Pennsylvania Wants to Consolidate Both Minor Party Ballot Access Constitutional Cases

On August 22, attorneys for Pennsylvania asked two different U.S. District Courts to consolidate the two pending minor party constitutional ballot access cases, Green Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele, and Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele. Both are pending in the eastern district in Philadelphia.

The Constitution Party case challenges the court costs that are imposed when a petition is submitted that doesn’t have enough valid signatures. The Green Party case challenges the ban on out-of-state circulators, the restriction on signers living in different counties signing the same sheet, the restriction that only registered voters (as opposed to people eligible to register) may sign, and notarization of each sheet.

The two cases have different judges. It is not clear which judge would take over the two cases if they were consolidated.

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