B.A.N. “Ohio Libertarian Polled Enough Write-in Votes in Primary to Qualify for U.S. Senate in November “

Ballot Access News reports that:
“John Fockler, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio, has received at least 750 write-in votes in the March 6, 2012 Libertarian primary, and probably over 800. He needed 500 write-ins to qualify to be listed on the November ballot. The election night primary returns had shown him with only 407, but election night returns for write-in candidates are invariably not accurate.”

“His name wasn’t printed on the primary ballot because he would have needed a petition of 500 valid names, and people who had voted in a 2010 primary (other than the 2010 Libertarian primary) were not eligible to sign.”
Full report @ http://www.ballot-access.org/2012/03/28/ohio-libertarian-polled-enough-write-in-votes-in-primary-to-qualify-for-u-s-senate-in-november/

10 thoughts on “B.A.N. “Ohio Libertarian Polled Enough Write-in Votes in Primary to Qualify for U.S. Senate in November “

  1. Kevin Knedler

    We couldn’t get the petitioning done at levels necessary to put John Fockler on the ballot. So, we had to go to plan B. We were relentless with emails, FaceBook posts, and Meetup Group posts, which advised everyone to write-in John Fockler at the Primary vote. In Ohio, we have a LP Primary in order to party-register.

  2. Let the T-Rex of Talk Radio Entertain U2day

    A hearty Congrats Gang !!! Excellent job. Hope John will take advantage of all that free local media !! You guys have many large metro areas in Ohio and they all have lots of media needing news. LP candidates need to setup campaign emails to all media that will accept them. Don’t forget all radio stations and campus newspapers, radio and TV. The more positive media the more Party growth and votes. Again Congrats on a successful Plan B !

    There is a political party that believes the family budget is more important than the Federal budget. A political party that is working to restore the hopes and dreams of every hard-working American family.
    It is the Libertarian Party. http://www.lp.org/
    carla.howell@lp.org.

    Dear Friend of Liberty,

    Will you donate to help fund ballot access petition drives in New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts?

    https://www.lp.org/contribute

    We want to start petition drives for access early so we can get them out of the way efficiently before the frantic peak period later in 2012.

    The Libertarian National Committee supplies most of the funds. Those state parties will kick in additional funds, and they will also have volunteers help collect signatures. (You can help collect signaures also!)

    The Libertarian Party is famous for making it onto the ballot time and time again. Having candidates on the ballot is why we get so much publicity compared to other parties like the Green Party and Constitution Party.

    Currently, the LP is qualified for the 2012 presidential ballot in 29 states, while the Green Party is on in 17 states, and the Constitution Party in 13 states.

    Petitioning is hard work, but we have some great petitioners who collect signatures and also advertise our party as a result.

    Please donate to support these petition drives.

    https://www.lp.org/contribute

    Sincerely,

    Carla Howell
    Executive Director
    Libertarian National Committee

  3. George Phillies

    Carla Howell has had no contact with the Massachusetts Libertarian Party organization in a half-decade.

    Contrary to what she says here: At the present time — the matter is in litigation — you cannot start collecting signatures in Massachusetts for our Libertarian Presidential candidate until after the candidate is chosen. That’s in May, not now.

    I have regularly encouraged our state chair and political facilitator to line up a slate of electors, or at least determine under our exotic ballot access laws who is eligible to be an elector. Still trying.

    George Phillies

  4. paulie

    We couldn’t get the petitioning done at levels necessary to put John Fockler on the ballot. So, we had to go to plan B. We were relentless with emails, FaceBook posts, and Meetup Group posts, which advised everyone to write-in John Fockler at the Primary vote. In Ohio, we have a LP Primary in order to party-register.

    Good job with plan B.

    Too bad you did not call me, as I had some people in/near/passing through Ohio right when that ballot crunch happened and we probably could have had them stop and petition if the funds were there, so plan B would not have been needed.

    But I’m glad it worked.

    Contrary to what she says here: At the present time — the matter is in litigation — you cannot start collecting signatures in Massachusetts for our Libertarian Presidential candidate until after the candidate is chosen. That’s in May, not now.

    True. She can still fundraise for it now, though. For that matter she could fundraise for other states as well.

  5. George Phillies

    @4

    “Will you donate to help fund ballot access petition drives in … Massachusetts?

    We want to start petition drives for access early so we can get them out of the way efficiently before the frantic peak period later in 2012.”

    I agree with what you are saying, but that is not what she says.

    George

  6. Be Rational

    GP, You are nitpicking about a fundraising letter?

    Please, you often make valuable contributions to the discussion and I hope you continue, but such tiny items should only be pointed out as a matter of interest and clarification without any negative tone.

    We should all hold our fire and avoid shooting at mosquitoes – it scares away the big game and we never get a shot at the elephants.

  7. Kevin Knedler

    Paulie, Jake, other petitioners. You should speak to LSLA folks. Maybe make a short presentation on what you can do for states. There is turnover at state chair level obviously. But state chairs sometimes don’t have a clue about ballot access or petitioning resources. Back in 2006, I was one of those people. Obviously that is different today.
    KJK

  8. Let the T-Rex of Talk Radio Entertain U2day

    @6 “…at the elephants.”

    me – or JACKASSES !!! but hey, begin to form the normal LP circular firing squad it’s close to convention time…..

    since access talk is started, is there any serious chance the LP POTUS candidate will be on in Oklahoma ? I understand Harris’ or someone had gathered thousands of sigs! Thx for an answer ?

  9. Webb T. Ferrari

    @8 http://www.ballot-access.org/2012/03/29/oklahoma-says-americans-elect-petition-has-enough-valid-signatures/#comments

    “The Oklahoma State Board of Elections has determined that the Americans Elect petition for party status has enough valid signatures. This is the first time any newly-qualifying party has been recognized in Oklahoma since 2000.

    The Board says the Libertarian Party has 41,070 valid signatures, which is short of the legal requirement of 51,739. The status of the Libertarian Party now depends on what happens next in the party’s lawsuit, which challenges the March 1 deadline, and also challenges the due process problem that the 2011 legislation that moved the deadline deprived the party of its legal right to have one year to complete the petition drive.”

  10. Wyatt Trenton Fernandez

    Is it true that LP has 41k valid out of 51k needed and turned away proven libertarian petitioners who were ready, willing and able to go in at the start of the drive?

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