Losing effort occurs for Alabama ballot access case

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February 15, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: House independent candidate hopefuls in Alabama found themselves in a difficult position on February 10, 2010 when the 11th circuit court ruled 3-0 against simplifying ballot access. The case related to the number of signatures required to be considered an independent candidate for the United States House of Representatives. According to the ruling, the court deemed it constitutional for the state to seek more signatures for an independent candidate for the U.S. House than an independent presidential hopeful.[1]

According to reports, Alabama is the only state in the union that requires more signatures for independent House candidates than independent candidates for president. Iowa had a similar law in the past, however, it was overturned in a 1992 court ruling.

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