Gary Johnson won one battle late this past week in the State of Pennsylvania when a Commonwealth Court of Judges ruled in a two to one decision he had earned enough signatures to be on the ballot for President in Pennsylvania. However, at this time, Gary Johnson seems to have lost any chance of making the ballot in Oklahoma. In that state, thousands of thousands of petition signatures were thrown out by Republican and Democratic officials fearing the impact of additional competition on the ballot this coming Election Day. The federal case in the State of Michigan is still pending.
The good news: Johnson’s win in Pennsylvania
On Friday, 14 September, a Commonwealth Court of Judges ruled two to one in Gary Johnson’s favor, saying 9,000 signatures were in fact valid despite the fact the address given did not on the petitions did not match addresses did not match the voting file. Not unexpectedly, the GOP attorneys are appealing this decision.
Pennsylvania Republican Party Spokesman Valarie Caras claiming that the “Libertarian Party's nominating petitions [were] riddled with errors, duplicate signatures, and in some cases, blatant fraud.” What Caras fails to mention is that this was the reason thousands of signatures were already thrown out from the beginning of the process.
Also, 16,000 signatures had already been agreed upon by all parties as legitimate. This is eight times the number of signatures required to run as a Republican or Democrat (just 2,000 signatures are needed) in Pennsylvania. For more information on this case, continue reading here.
The bad news: Johnson’s loss in Oklahoma