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    Republicans work to remove Gary Johnson from Iowa ballot

    Jay Kramer, a Mitt Romney campaign supporter from Washington, D.C., filed a challenge on Friday to keep Libertarian candidate for President, Gov. Gary Johnson, from appearing on the Iowa ballot in November. The Romney campaign hired the Des Moines-based Nyemaster Goode PC for the challenge, which will be heard by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz on Monday at 3 p.m.

    "This is clearly a setup," said the Johnson campaign's attorney, Alicia Dearn. "The Libertarian Party had 2,000 petition signatures and should have been on the ballot without challenge, as they have always done in the past. But Republican Iowa Secretary of State Schultz in violation of longstanding Iowa law rejected the petition and required the Johnson campaign to caucus at the state fair. There, the Romney campaign surveilled the Johnson campaign's activities for the sole purpose of bringing this eleventh-hour challenge," Dearn said.

    The Romney campaign's challenge was filed Friday afternoon and set for a hearing on Monday afternoon. The 106-page challenge includes photographs of Johnson supporters asking fair-goers to support having Gov. Johnson and the Libertarian Party offered as a choice on the ballot. The Republicans' challenge claims that the state fair signatures should be thrown out because the signers are not Libertarians.
    "The challenge is legally frivolous," asserts Dearn. "You don't have to be a registered Libertarian to want a third choice on the ballot. Iowans deserve to choose for themselves who to vote for, which is why Gov. Johnson should be on the ballot."

    Unlike many other states, Iowa has a perfect history of allowing third-party candidates onto the ballot.

    "Iowa is one of the very few states that has never kept a general election presidential candidate off its ballot," said ballot-access historian Richard Winger. "It is a policy that saves money and work for elections officials, because Iowa doesn't need to tally write-in votes for presidential candidates when all such significant candidates are on the ballot."

    According to Dearn, the Romney campaign is using similar tactics to keep Gov. Johnson off the ballot in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
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    Aren't the republicans the ones supposedly fighting "rampant voter fraud?" Yet I keep seeing them trying to change voting laws and candidate availability in their favor. ****ing hypocrites. Not that that's anything new.

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    The Romney campaign's challenge was filed Friday afternoon and set for a hearing on Monday afternoon. The 106-page challenge includes photographs of Johnson supporters asking fair-goers to support having Gov. Johnson and the Libertarian Party offered as a choice on the ballot. The Republicans' challenge claims that the state fair signatures should be thrown out because the signers are not Libertarians.
    What in hell? Seriously, thats the claim for the lawsuit? Unbelievable. I "wonder" if they would be blocking the vote of a registered Democrat if he stated he was voting for Romney.

    My personal favorite voter blocking is from PA:

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    What's Fox's spin on this? Also what was their spin on the Ohio thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    What's Fox's spin on this? Also what was their spin on the Ohio thing?
    Never watch Fox so if someone who does wants to correct me, feel free. Out of curiousity i did a google search. Other then simply reporting what was going on, they would suggest voter fraud is worse then it really is. Nothing to surprising or bad with that, although last year Mike Huckabee supported it while at a fundraiser:

    "Make a list. Call them and ask them, 'Are you going to vote for Issue 2 and are you going to vote for it?'" Huckabee advised, according to an audio recording provided by a foe of the initiative. "If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don't go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That's up to you how you creatively get the job done."

    Huckabee didn't say he was joking, though the laughter suggests his audience knew he was; a similar riff in Virginia in 2009 drew criticism from Democrats.
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    Romney Supporters Fail to Remove Gary Johnson from Iowa Ballot
    Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in Iowa, despite an attempt by Mitt Romney supporters to have his name removed.

    Last week, Iowa voters Gloria Mazza of Clive and Dean Montgomery of Urbandale challenged Johnson’s right to be on the Iowa ballot. They, along with witness Jay Kramer, claimed that the Libertarian Party of Iowa held a fake convention and that they did not have delegates.

    Kramer, who is the Election Day operations manager for the Mitt Romney campaign in Iowa, claimed that he only saw one person walking around in a Gary Johnson t-shirt at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, where the Libertarian convention was held. He says that the Libertarians had people walking around and asking people to sign up as delegates, rather than holding a convention.

    Many Ron Paul supporters in Iowa have considered the Libertarian ticket, and that has the Romney campaign very nervous. After the treatment they received at the hands of the Republican National Committee, many are not sure who to vote for in November. In order to block a possible upset, the Romney people tried to remove Johnson completely.

    It is believed that Johnson, who is a former Republican, would take votes away from Mitt Romney. Third party candidates are sometimes viewed as “spoilers” in swing states, and could allow Obama to carry Iowa, rather than the Republican candidate.

    This was clearly a setup,” said Alicia Dearn, attorney for the Johnson campaign. ““The Libertarian Party had 2,000 petition signatures and should have been on the ballot without challenge, as they have always done in the past,” said Dearn. “But Republican Iowa Secretary of State Schultz — in violation of longstanding Iowa law — rejected the petition and required the Johnson campaign to caucus at the state fair. There, the Romney campaign watched the Johnson campaign’s activities for the sole purpose of bringing this eleventh-hour challenge.”

    The challenge claimed that the signatures should be thrown out, because the signers weren’t registered Libertarians. Iowa has a pristine record for allowing third-party candidates on the ballot. The Romney campaign hired a Des Moines-based law firm to argue the challenge before the panel, confirming the suspicion that the campaign was behind the attempt at ousting Johnson.
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    The challenge claimed that the signatures should be thrown out, because the signers weren’t registered Libertarians. Iowa has a pristine record for allowing third-party candidates on the ballot. The Romney campaign hired a Des Moines-based law firm to argue the challenge before the panel, confirming the suspicion that the campaign was behind the attempt at ousting Johnson.
    Its still beyond me how any could think that would make a difference. Its also beyond me why people arent rioting in the streets to defend their ability to vote. I said it in earlier threads, we are 8 years away from the return of feudalism. Im going to enjoy my upcoming vote because it damn well could be my last.
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    But Goode won the right on Tuesday to appear on the Virginia ballot, in a move that could hurt Romney’s chances of taking the key swing state in November.

    And now Ron Paul has come with some kind words about Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who will appear on many state ballots as a presidential candidate.

    Johnson would be a potential factor in states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, and he could hurt either Obama or Romney, depending on how the political winds are blowing by November.
    Republicans have vowed to prove that Goode, who has held various political offices in Virginia, doesn’t have enough legal petition signatures to run.

    Johnson faces similar challenges. Last week, his campaign said the GOP has challenged his ballot presence in Michigan, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Iowa and Ohio.



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    This after Romney changed the rules at the convention to allow him to replace opposing delegates with his own BEFORE he was even officially named the Republican nominee? This guy is totally a defender of freedom.

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    Also, is Virgil Goode actually Saul Goodman?



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