Associated Press Writer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Three independent candidates lost a challenge to Alabama's ballot access laws, which are among the toughest in the nation.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 3-0 ruling saying the state's ballot access laws are reasonable and do not violate the constitutional rights of independent candidates.
Johnny Swanson of Birmingham, who tried unsuccessfully to run as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2002, said he was disappointed by the ruling. He said it takes 30,000 to 40,000 valid signatures of voters for an independent candidate to qualify for a statewide office, and achieving that takes more volunteers and money than most independent candidates have.
Read the rest HERE
Disgusted? You bet.
Add this to the list of things we are worst at.
But, this just means there will be many more Larry Darby-ish infiltrations of both state sanctioned parties and therefore many more shits and giggles for me. I'll be running again in 2010 against Betty Carol Graham for the House Dist. 81 seat. And, I'll be running as a Libertarian because that is what I am and I refuse to don the colors of either party just to defeat their silly, discriminitory rules. It won't take to terribly many signatures to get on the ballot as a Libertarian for a house race. I could probably get that many signatures in a couple of days.