California Libertarians file briefs on petition circulator lawsuit
By Kyle Maichle
LOS ANGELES, California: Libertarian Party members in Los Angeles County filed an amended complaint in the Central District of California federal court over the state's new requirements for petition circulators.
The complaint alleges that the Secretary of State's Elections Division provided unclear requirements over who can circulate petitions for getting candidates on the ballot. Libertarians base their complaint over the Secretary of State listing on their website which parts of the residency laws for candidates they will or will not enforce. This leads to their conclusion that the Secretary of State may not enforce the laws consistently.
The new complaint comes after a November 2, 2010, decision by federal judge Philip Gutierrez that found the Los Angeles County Libertarians had no legal standing. The ruling came after Judge Gutierrez found that their original complaint lacked any factual allegations. No date has been set on whether the judge will move the case forward.