Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition www.paballotaccess.org
Contact number: 610-543-8427
Distributed by the Green Party of the United States
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Press Conference for Voter's Rights 9-24 at US
On Monday, September 24th, the Pennsylvania Ballot
Access Coalition (www.paballotaccess.org)
will sponsor a press conference/rally at the US Supreme Court, the 100
Block of Maryland Avenue, in Washington, DC. We are doing this to urge
the US Supreme Court to decide to hear Rogers vs. Cortese, which is on
their list for Sep. 24th. The Press Conference is scheduled for 9 am.
We are doing this in concert with the Pennsylvania
and US Green Parties, along with the support of other individual and
Rogers vs. Cortese was filed as a response to the
most restrictive ballot access laws in the United States. The US Court
of Appeals, Third Circuit, after a very lengthy consideration, decided
not to grant a rehearing. In 2006, the signature requirement for an
Independent or or Third Party Candidate seeking statewide office was
67,000 signatures. (Democrats and Republicans need 2,000 signatures
for their Primary Ballot Line.) Though Carl Romanelli did, in fact,
gather 100,000 signatures, he was denied ballot access and fined
$80,000 for daring to run (as profiled in the documentary film 'It
Ain't Easy Being Green').
In the ODHIR (Office of Democratic Institutions
and Human Rights) report of March 9, 2007, Pennsylvania was singled
out, among all fifty states, for having excessive ballot access
requirements. ODHIR was created under the Helsinki Accords, signed by
the US in 1975.
The current speaker list includes:
Hillary Aisenstein, Chair, Green Party of
Brent McMillan, Political Director, Green
Party of the United States
Tom McLaughlin, Chair, Reform Party of
John Murphy, The Ralph Nader Campaign.
Pennsylvania Green National Delegate.
Titus North, Pennsylvania Green, highest 2006
vote totals for 3rd party/independent candidate
Bill Redpath, Chair, Libertarian Party of
Carl Romanelli, Pennsylvania Green candidate
(2006) for US Senate.