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  GOP tries to knock Constitution, Libertarian party presidential candidates off Pa. ballot
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Last EditedScott³  Aug 19, 2012 08:11pm
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AuthorMarc Levy
News DateSaturday, August 18, 2012 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"The state Republican Party is challenging petitions by members of the Constitution and Libertarian parties to get their candidates on Pennsylvania's ballot for president, vice president and a number of other offices.

Line-by-line reviews of the candidates' petition signatures ordered by a state Commonwealth Court judge will begin Monday at the Philadelphia Board of Elections. Analysts say Republicans are probably worried that conservatives dissatisfied with their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will defect to Constitution or Libertarian party candidates.

The issues that tend to attract those two party's activists, such as limited government, fall along nearly parallel lines as those that attract many Republicans, said Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs and director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.

In the most recent public poll, released Thursday by Franklin and Marshall College, President Barack Obama, a Democrat, is slightly ahead of Romney, 44 percent to 38 percent, with 15 percent undecided. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

A Republican Party spokeswoman said the GOP is challenging the nominating papers because they are riddled with errors, and the party is are concerned that Democrats are behind the petitions. The petitions, said spokeswoman Valerie Caras, were circulated by and signed largely by Democrats.

But the president of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, Tom Stevens, said the petition drive was financed strictly by party members and the campaign of former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the party's candidate for president."
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R:7206Hikikomori Blitzkrieg! ( 290.2565 points)
Tue, August 21, 2012 02:16:55 AM UTC0:00
This is no different than when the Democrats got Nader kicked off the California ballot in 2004. I didn't like that, and I don't like this. Whereas most of you guys will only object when it harms the interests of whichever of the two major parties you prefer.

LBT:8449Jed Ziggler ( 433.7087 points)
Wed, August 22, 2012 01:29:06 AM UTC0:00
Scott to the third power, I should have the right to vote for whoever I want to vote for. I do not wish to vote for Obama, Romney, or Stein, I wish to vote for Gov. Johnson. I'm not a Republican, therefore I'm not confused by lots of names on a ballot.

LBT:8449Jed Ziggler ( 433.7087 points)
Wed, August 22, 2012 10:57:12 PM UTC0:00
The Constitution Party has withdrawn their petition.

IR:7878Miro ( 238.3831 points)
Thu, August 23, 2012 06:07:22 PM UTC0:00
He's not even going to be on the ballot in the State his party is based out of. Poor Goode.