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Pennsylvania: Green Party Senate candidate fails in ballot access case

AP reports: A state judge on Thursday dealt a new setback to the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate by upholding state officials' calculation of the number of signatures minor-party candidates need to run for statewide office.

Pennsylvania law sets the number at 2 percent of the ballots cast for the largest vote-getter in the last statewide election. This year's threshold, because it is based on state Treasurer Bob Casey's record vote count in 2004, was set at an unusually high 67,070 signatures.

President Judge James Gardner Colins of the Commonwealth Court rejected arguments by Green Party candidate Carl Romanelli that would have cut the number to fewer than 16,000.

Romanelli contended that the number should be based on last year's judicial retention elections, in which state judges run unopposed and voters cast up-or-down votes on whether they should serve additional 10-year terms. -- Pa. court rejects Green's bid to relax ballot rule (phillyBurbs.com) | Pennsylvania News

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