Minor-party candidates in Pennsylvania meet with difficulties

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August 4, 2010

The 2010 mid-term elections are just about three months away and candidate lists are finalized in nearly every state. While many states have independents and third-party candidates on the ballot for state house and state senate, voters in Pennsylvania will see none.

The PA Department of State released a list of 44 independent and minor-party candidates who filed to run for office in 2010. One of these is Marakay Rogers, who is running for Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket. She was required to collect 19,082 signatures to get on the ballot, while Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Dan Onorato were required to collect 2,000. Minor candidates must collect a number of signatures equal to 2% of the total votes received by the most popular candidate for statewide election in the last general election.[1] This can change dramatically every year, such as when Rogers ran for Governor in 2006 and had to collect 67,070 signatures.

Rogers says she will campaign on how unfair the law is, as it keeps good candidates off the ballot.


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