Ballot Access News | An earlier post today mentions that the Arkansas Secretary of State has determined that Rocky Anderson did not have enough valid signatures to be on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate. The same office has also determined that American Third Position also did not have enough valid signatures, nor did the independent presidential petition for Virgil Goode. Virgil Goode is the nominee of the Constitution Party. This means that the only presidential petition that succeeded this year was the petition of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, a Mormon, is the former Mayor of Salt Lake City in Utah.
The Green Party and the Libertarian Party were already qualified parties, so they did not need to petition for President. Arkansas requires 1,000 signatures for independent presidential candidates, and also requires 1,000 signatures for unqualified parties to place a presidential nominee on the ballot.
On August 13, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office notified Rocky Anderson’s campaign that his petition to be on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate did not contain as many as 1,000 valid signatures. Anderson had submitted 1,300, and had checked his own petition before submitting it, and believes the petition does have at least 1,000 valid signatures.
On August 6, The News Advance reported
The State Board of Elections is asking the attorney general to investigate some petitions aimed at getting Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode on the presidential ballot in Virginia.
“You don’t need to be a handwriting expert to figure this one out,” said Don Palmer, secretary of the elections board. Palmer said the same person appears to have written in many of the names on some petitions from Northern Virginia.
A news release from the election board, which met Monday, said the board “voted unanimously to request the office of the attorney general to investigate suspected petition fraud on petition forms submitted by the Constitution Party in its efforts to gain ballot access for its presidential candidate.”
Goode, who has said his campaign collected more than 14,000 signatures, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The American Third Position submitted 1250 signatures and also believes that we have at least 1,000 valid signatures. A3P intends to challenge the decision in Arkansas.