Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Is Bob Barr Texas' Only Official Presidential Ballot?

Texas Voters Seem to Have Only One Official Presidential Ballot : Libertarian Bob Barr

According to the Secretary of State, you have the choice to vote for Libertarian Bob Barr, an Anti-Real ID candidate and other write in candidates such as, Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney.  

Presidential Candidates steeping in their own hype at the DNC and upcoming RNC appeared to miss the Texas filing deadline yesterday, August 26th. 

"Unless the state of Texas violates their own election laws, Congressman Barr will be the only presidential candidate on the ballot," says Russell Verney, campaign manager for the Barr Campaign and the former campaign manager for Ross Perot. "Texas law makes no exceptions for missing deadlines."

Well, maybe the other Presidential candidates didn't really miss the deadline. Maybe they are just faking.  

According to an unnamed afterhours source, both Republican and Democratic parties have what is called a "placeholder ballot" until their party officially selects a candidate at their national convention.  If Barack Obama, presumptive nominee for the Democratic party, accepts the party's nomination this week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO,  the Texas Secretary of state will remove the dummy ballot and replace it with Barack Obama. 

Republicans will officiate their presumptive nominee John McCain at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN next week and then remove their Texas dummy afterward.

The Barr campaign complained of longtime inequities and special rules for the top 2 parties.

"Republicans and Democrats make certain that third party candidates are held to ballot access laws, no matter how absurd or unreasonable," says Verney. "Therefore, Republicans and Democrats should be held to the same standards."

"We know all about deadlines," says Verney. "We are up against them constantly in our fight to get on the ballot across the nation. When we miss deadlines, we get no second chances. This is a great example of how unreasonable deadlines chill democracy."

Here is Barr describing another chilling example of  democracy gone south.




1 comment:

George Dance said...

"Republicans will officiate their presumptive nominee John McCain at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN next week and then remove their Texas dummy afterward."

Not right afterwards; he'll still be President till January.