Commonwealth Court Senior Judge James Gardner Colins ruled on Wednesday that Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson will remain on the ballot for president this coming Election Day in the State of Pennsylvania. The Republicans had fought an eight-week long battle attempting to disqualify enough signatures to remove Johnson’s name from that state’s ballot.
LP receives enough authorized signatures for ballot
The ruling affirmed Johnson’s campaign gathered 20,730 legitimate signatures in the Libertarian Party’s (LP) petition to include him on the ballot. This was 129 signatures more than the required 20,601 signatures necessary for minor-party candidates to have their candidates placed on the ballots. In contrast, Republicans and Democrats are only required to accumulate 2,000 signatures to ensure their candidates will receive ballot access.
Judge rejects Republican attempts to invalidate approved signatures
The judge rejected attempts by the Republican Party to invalidate signatures previously verified signatures, claiming the Republicans had provided no legitimate evidence to support their case. Therefore, Gary Johnson will appear on the presidential ballot alongside Democratic Candidate Barack Obama, Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney.
Other Libertarians on the ballot in Pennsylvania
In addition to achieving ballot access for the office of president, the Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate and three state row offices. For further information on this story, please click here and here. For more information on Gary Johnson and his campaign for president, please visit his campaign website.