The Arizona Libertarian Party is taking its struggles all the way to the United States Supreme Court to challenge a law that was passed in 2015 which nearly doubled the amount of signatures requried for the party to gain access to the ballot.
From the Arizona Capitol Times:
“In filings with the U.S. Supreme Court, attorney Oliver Hall from the Center for Competitive Democracy said the law pushed through the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2015 sharply increased – sometimes by a factor of 30 – the number of signatures needed for Libertarian candidates to qualify for the ballot.”
“That wasn’t by accident. In fact the record shows that J.D. Mesnard, then a GOP representative from Chandler and now a state senator, told colleagues that Republicans would have been elected to two congressional seats had it not been for what he said were Libertarian candidates in the same race siphoning off votes he said otherwise would have gone to the GOP contenders.”
All across this country the two major parties do everything they can to keep third parties off the ballot. The fact that legislatures have written laws to restrict access to the ballot is extremely unconstitutional. The power they weld is unlike no other.
The Supreme Court should hear arguments in this case and rule on precdent. The idea of voter supression is hallmark in the cases of the court and should weld enough jurisprudence to rule in favor of the Libertarian Party. If they struck down this state law it would send ripples across the country in the other 49 states which have similar restrictions in place.
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