Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate loses ballot access challenge

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June 14, 2011

Pennsylvania

By Bailey Ludlam

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Earlier this month a federal judge dismissed 2006 U.S. Senate Green Party candidate Carl Romanelli's lawsuit against Democratic Party leaders. Romanelli sought monetary damages against the leaders who illegally used state employees to challenge Romanelli's petition for U.S. Senate.[1]

Romanelli was required to collect a minimum of 67,070 signatures to qualify for the ballot. According to reports, he collected 94,544 signatures however, an estimated 69,000 were negated following a challenge by Democratic Party leaders.[2]

U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo ruled that although Romanelli had presented evidence that state workers were illegally paid to challenge his candidacy, their actions "did not deprive Romanelli of a federal constitutional right." Caputo added that the state staffers used legitimate state laws to challenge and invalidate Romanelli's petition signatures.[1]

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