Nader-Green-Libertarian petition rejected in Alabama
The Mobile Register reports: Just this week, hopes of getting Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik on the Alabama ballot took a hit in the form of an advisory opinion by the Alabama attorney general's office.
Through a nonpartisan group called Independent Alabama, the Libertarians had teamed up with supporters of Green Party presidential contender David Cobb and independent Ralph Nader to collect the 5,000 signatures needed to put all three on the Alabama ballot as independents through a joint petition.
That led state Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, and Secretary of State Nancy Worley, a Democrat, to seek assurances from Attorney General Troy King, a Republican, that the collaboration is legal. In an opinion released Wednesday, the answer was no.
State law aims to ensure that each independent presidential hopeful is supported by at least 5,000 voters, the opinion reads.
"A petition with multiple candidates could influence a voter to sign the petition because the voter supported one candidate, even if the voter did not support, or even know, the other candidates," the opinion concludes. -- Third parties have trouble getting place on ballots (Mobile Register)