Friday, November 22, 2013

Hearing Set in Socialist Party Michigan Ballot Access Case

22 November 2013

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"A U.S. District Court will hear Erard v Michigan Secretary of State on December 23. This is a case filed by the Michigan Socialist Party in 2012, arguing that the number of signatures required to get a party on the Michigan ballot is unconstitutional. The number of signatures needed for a new party is 1% of the last gubernatorial vote. But the number of votes needed for a party to remain on the ballot is a smaller number, 1% of the winning candidate for Secretary of State’s vote.

For the 2014 election, 32,261 signatures are needed. Yet in 2012, a party that was already on the ballot only needed 16,803 votes for any statewide race in order to remain on. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1968, in Williams v Rhodes, ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state to require more support for a new party to get on, than for an old party to stay on...."

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