Results of Email Ballot 2016-06: AZ Ballot Access Ruling

email-inbox-istock_000033628930small_0This ballot was put forth on the LNC list on September 12, 2016:

Sponsor: Katz, Harlos, Hayes, Demarest


Whereas, The Arizona state government’s new statute increasing the signature requirements for Libertarians and other alternative party candidates to appear on primary ballots in Arizona by as much as 20-fold or more is clearly unfair, burdensome, at odds with legal precedent, and unconstitutional; and

Whereas, Plaintiffs have limited resources and could use additional legal support in fighting to overturn this unjust statute, especially if the federal district court ruling goes against them and an appeal is necessary;

Resolved, That the Libertarian National Committee allocates $5,000 from its “legal offense” budget line to be used in the event of an appeal from the District Court’s ruling in AZ Libertarian Party v. Reagan, and directs its staff and chair to reach out to groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Landmark Legal Foundation, the Pacific Legal Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Center for Law and Justice, and other alternative political parties, to invite them to file amicus curiae briefs with the court or otherwise provide support to the plaintiffs in the aforementioned case, and to publicize the matter on a national scope if feasible.

The results came in as follows:

Voting “aye”: Demarest, Hagan, Harlos, Hayes, Katz, Marsh, McKnight, Redpath, Starchild, Vohra

Voting “nay”: (none)

Express Abstention: Bilyeu, Bittner, Goldstein, Lark, Mattson

With a final vote tally of 10-0, the motion PASSES.

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