July 22nd, 2020
For Immediate Release:
Libertarian Party Condemns Federal Court Decision Restricting Ballot Access In Pennsylvania
The Libertarian Party is dismayed at the decision handed down by a federal court in Pennsylvania last week denying ballot access relief to minor parties.
On July 14 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania released its decision to deny an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction sought by the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, the Green Party of Pennsylvania, and the Constitution Party of Pennsylvania.
The court found that Governor Wolf’s statewide mandate compelling Pennsylvanians to stay at home was not a sufficiently onerous burden to the statutorily-required in-person collection of signatures. The Commonwealth’s lawyers, who appeared virtually to avoid the risk of infection, insisted that the risk of infection was not so severe as to prevent door-to-door collection of signatures.
“The fact that the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party would say with a straight face that the virus they insisted was so deadly as to require restricting people to their homes by threat of force isn’t severe enough to prevent us from complying with the election laws they wrote is utterly absurd,” commented Steve Scheetz, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania.
People who want to help the Libertarian Party achieve ballot access can learn more at lp.org/ballot-access. Pennsylvania residents can download a form to print at https://www.lp.org/pennsylvania-ballot-access/