This is the disgusting revolting side of party politics. The Democratic and Republican parties need to be destroyed. They use their monopoly control of the system to crush anyone who tries to offer Americans a real choice. Below is a letter to the editor in my local paper. The party hacks in PA contest any candidates who are not in their parties and know they can use their lawyers to outspend them. This is a putrid display of a country headed into the toilet.
Voters should be given more choice
Marakay Rogers, Kat Valleley and Doug Jamison wanted to run for statewide office on the Libertarian Party (LP) ticket.
They wanted to give Pennsylvania voters more choices in the election.
They collected 25,033 signatures to comply with Pennsylvania’s immense ballot access requirements so their names could appear on the ballot.
That’s 23,033 more than are required for Republican and Democratic state candidates.
Republican and Democratic power brokers do not want ballot choice for Pennsylvania voters and challenged the signatures of all third-party and independent statewide candidates.
Marakay, Kat and Doug wanted to fight the challenge. They traveled to Harrisburg to fight the challenge.
In 2004 and 2006, the courts assessed over $80,000 in fees to a candidate who lost a ballot access challenge.
This year, LP lawyer estimated these fees would run between $92,000 and $106,000.
Using this leverage, the power brokers offered a deal — drop your efforts to be on the ballot and avoid exorbitant challenge fees or continue to fight and face the risk of fees that could easily lead to personal bankruptcy.
The potential cost of a loss was too great. After deliberation, Marakay, Kat and Doug withdrew.
The Libertarian Party candidates are not alone.
The old-party power brokers have used the signature-challenge process to remove all of the alternative statewide candidates who successfully filed to appear on the November ballot.
Though the challenge provision of the election code has been in place since 1937, it was not used to remove a statewide candidate from the November ballot until 2004.
Since then, the challenge has become standard operating procedure for the old parties.
State Sen. Mike Folmer has introduced the Voters Choice Act, or SB 252, to equalize ballot access across all parties, not just the Democrats and Republicans.
Unfortunately, the bill has been sitting in committee for over a year, with little indication that it will be passed before the end of the year.
If you believe in ballot access, please contact your state senator and ask that he/she support SB 252.