[announce] Ballot Access Procedures Could Improve
Official Missouri Libertarian Party Announcements
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Sun May 18 05:19:05 CDT 2008
Ballot Access Procedures Could Improve
Wes Upchurch, a Libertarian Candidate for Secretary of State, would like to
applaud the Missouri House for passing SB 797. The bill, which was introduced
by Democratic Senator Joan Bray, improves the procedures for the petition to
qualify a new political party. Since the House Committee had added an unrelated
election law provision to the bill, the bill now goes back to the Senate. The
Senate may act as early as today, May 15.
The act repeals the requirement that the petition to form the new party must
contain, if presidential electors are to be nominated by petition, the name of
at least one qualified resident in each congressional district to be a nominee
for presidential elector. Alternatively, this information will be provided when
filing the respective declarations of candidacy.
"This will allow third parties, such as the Constitution Party, to nominate
their Presidential candidate in the same way as the established parties," says
Wes Upchurch. Encouraging the Senate to pass the bill, he added, "Without this
bill, smaller parties are forced to file only state-wide candidates, and would
have to file a separate petition for candidates nominated at a later time."
Upchurch also made it clear that those who support fair ballot access should
contact their Senators immediately. "It's urgent that you call Missouri
Senators about this bill, and tell them that they should continue to support SB
797, because they could vote today."
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Wes Upchurch is a candidate for Secretary of State in Missouri. He supports
fair ballot access, a reduction in the number of signatures required for ballot
initiatives, a "none of the above" option on ballots, and proportion
representation. For more information about his campaign you can visit:
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