Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ballot Access Press Event in Harrisburg

on the electoral process.

Pennsylvania is seen as one of the three or four most restrictive states in terms of the nominating procedure for candidates of alternative minority parties or who are independent. State law requires these candidates to collect a much larger number of signatures to qualify for the ballot than candidates of major parties need for their primary election ballot. That number varies widely from year to year under a complex formula based on voter turnout in previous elections.

The press conference will address the result of the recent actions, and will look at what can be done to address this increasing threat to the democratic process in Pennsylvania.
Senator Mike Folmer introduced the Voter’s Choice Act (SB 252) that would eliminate the current complex ballot qualifying formulas and enhance Pennsylvania’s democratic process by leveling the playing field for minority and independent candidates.

Those appearing at the conference will include:

Senator Mike Folmer, Prime sponsor of the Voters Choice Act (SB252)

Marakay Rogers, Libertarian Candidate for Governor

Kat Valleley, Libertarian Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Doug Jamison, Libertarian Candidate for US Senate

Mik Robertson, Chairman, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania

Bonita Hoke, Pennsylvania League of Women Voters

Marybeth Kuznik, VotePA

Tim Potts, Democracy Rising

Bob Small, Green Party of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition.

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