Saturday, July 28, 2012

Straw Won't Poll on Ballot in 2nd

Andrew Straw
Green Party candidate Andrew Straw. a civil rights attorney, tried to qualify for the ballot in November under a technicality in Indiana's 2nd Congressional District.  Turns out, according to the Indiana Secretary of State, his reading of the law was incorrect.

Straw attempted to qualify for the ballot by submitting only his own signature on a petition.  His argument was that since Mitch Daniels selected Connie Lawson for the Secretary of State's position after Charlie White's conviction that he could simply submit one signature. WBST in South Bend has the story here.

Straw has thrown whatever support he has behind Joe Ruiz, the Libertarian candidate.

However unlikely to succeed Straw's plan to get himself on the ballot was, it does underline the difficulty that other parties than the three that have ballot access have in simply getting on the ballot.  Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians hold all the cards when it comes to getting on the ballot.  Other candidates must work harder and often do not qualify.

I don't know if this will affect the 2nd District race much.  After all, Straw began the race as a Democratic candidate and chose to change to the Green Party when the local Democratic power brokers and the Indiana Democratic Party came out in support of Brendan Mullen.  Ruiz and Republican Jackie Walorski are the other candidates in the race.  I think that without Straw in this race that it actually works out better for Mullen to not have someone directly competing with him for liberal votes.

The 2nd District seat is open with Joe Donnelly currently running for Senate.


Paul K. Ogden said...

I think actually the SOS's decision might have been just ministerial...confirming what the county officials in that district submitted to the SOS. I'm not sure the SOS could have overruled them. Straw can still go to the Election Commission which can overturn the Election Commission. I'm not wild about Straw's argument. The last "election" was 2010. As difficult as the rules are, you have to follow them if you want to qualify for the ballot.

Andrew Straw said...

Wonderful as it is to say I only had one argument and that it was not a winner, I had about 7 arguments for why 1 signature should be accepted. The media couldn't bother discussing all of them. A big one was that the Libertarian, Democrat, and Republican candidates were about to get on the ballot with one or zero (zero for the L because he was nominated by others).

In any event, it is false to say the Secretary of State did anything--reject or accept--my arguments, because there was no explanation of her decision. It was like a form letter. I doubt she thought about it at all.

If you really want to get technical and constitutional about it, what did the D, R, and L do that earned them this privilege that I did not?

You KNOW all they did is choose the right parties. And once you admit that, you admit that the signatures are unconstitutional discrimination against candidates who chose the wrong party.

The U.S. Constitution has requirements for this office. 25 years old, a resident of the US for a certain number of years, and resident in the state by the election.

Why is it that any state can tack on extra qualifications? I was more qualified throughout the entire race than Mullen was when he announced. The man lived in DC.

The fact that we can have a disagreement over when the last election was shows that there is fundamental DISAGREEMENT on a key point. In such a circumstance, the doubt should fall toward allowing candidates on the ballot, because voters have the right to have this constitutionally-valid candidate on the ballot.

My other reasons dealt with providing special privileges in violation of our Indiana bill of rights, Article I, s. 23, and other provisions of our bill of rights.

With regard to endorsing Mr. Ruiz, it seems likely that he will get more liberal votes than a Libertarian usually would, and he will also take from Jackie. Heck he could win with the corruption of the other 2.

Here's why Mullen has no chance whatsoever to win. This is circulating, and like it or not, I provide facts, not just opinion.

Good luck to Joe Ruiz.

Andrew Straw

Jon Easter said...

I would like to go to the link you left me, Andrew. Unfortunately, you seem to have blocked me from your page.