FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VIRGINIA BOARD OF ELECTIONS REJECTS
REPUBLICAN BALLOT CHALLENGE TO
LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE GARY JOHNSON
Sept. 5, 2012, Charlotte, NC — The Virginia Board of Elections today rejected a challenge by the Republican Party of Virginia to petitions submitted to place former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson on the state’s ballot as the Libertarian nominee for President. The Board of Elections’ decision clears the way for Johnson’s name to appear on the November ballot.
The attempt to remove Johnson’s name from the ballot was one of several such efforts by Republican Party representatives in key states. Challenges to the two-term New Mexico governor’s ballot access are pending in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma. A challenge lodged last week in Ohio has since been dropped.
Applauding the Virginia decision, Johnson campaign advisor Ron Nielson said, “Virginia is one of the toughest states in the nation in which to get on the ballot, but we knew we had met the requirements, and that the Republicans’ challenge was without merit. There is, of course, some irony here, given that a couple of Republican candidates in the primary failed to meet Virginia’s requirements.
“The larger issue is the guerilla ballot access war being waged nationwide by the Republican Party on behalf of Mitt Romney. They clearly do not want voters to have the option of voting for Gov. Johnson in key states, and are frantically mounting challenges wherever they can in those states, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Iowa. They tried in both Ohio and Virginia, and failed.
“With their millions of dollars and endless supply of lawyers, Romney and the Republicans are forcing our campaign and our volunteers to protect and defend the simple democratic opportunity for voters in these states to support the candidate of their choice.
“Anyone who does not see a pattern here, given their serial ballot challenges and their treatment of Rep. Ron Paul at the convention in Tampa, is simply not looking. The national Republican Party and their candidate for President don’t want voters to have the opportunity to cast a vote for real liberty.”
About presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. Johnson switched from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party on Dec. 28, 2011. As the Libertarian Party nominee, Johnson will appear on all 50 states’ ballots. An outspoken pro-Constitution Libertarian, Johnson would end the war in Afghanistan now. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. As president, Johnson would cut federal spending by 43 percent, slash debt and make government live within its means while reducing taxes and regulation to foster real job creation and economic opportunity like he did in eight years as governor. The National Review said he was “#1” in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, including Mount Everest.
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