Hearing Set for Injunctive Relief in Justice Party Lawsuit over Vermont Petition Procedures

On July 31, at 9 a.m., a Vermont Superior Court in Montpelier will hear Anderson v State of Vermont, 480-6-12. This is the case filed by the Justice Party over Vermont’s awkward procedures for submitting petitions for independent and minor party candidates. For those kind of petitions, Vermont requires the petitioning groups to turn in signatures to each town clerk, then collect the signatures and physically take them to the Secretary of State’s office. Sometimes the town clerks don’t check the petitions very quickly. Rocky Anderson submitted the needed 1,000 valid signatures by the deadline but he is still not on the ballot because the town clerks took too long to check the signatures.

By contrast, primary candidates running for statewide office can submit their petitions directly to the Secretary of State. Federal law requires all state election offices to maintain a statewide list of the registered voters.


  1. Day after day, year after year, we see those who choose lawsuits as a path to victory. Yet those same people continually spurn the idea of teamwork psychology based on ranked choice ballots cast and kept as proof, the Sainte-Lague parliament seat distribution system, Hagnebach-Bischoff method, the USA Parliament.

    Believe it or not, the USA Parliament has been electing such a team every year for the past seventeen years with stacks of marked ballots kept as proof. MP Ralph Nader [Independent] was one such name elected to the team in 1994 before he was even a candidate for US President with the California Green Party.

    Are you tired of watching these self-centered, single-winner district advocators/egotists and their cohorts fail decade after decade in their self aggrandizing public displays of single-winner district power-grabs?

    Consider the USA Parliament, based not on lawsuits, dues, or illegit undemocratic election systems, but based on RCV where 1/1001ths (.999%) plus one vote, elects each of the 1000 names with a total guaranteed satisfaction minimum level of 99.9% plus 1000 votes.

    Try it, your vote is guaranteed to count, up to the first 1000 votes cast, kept as proof.

    Free to all voters, a 1000-member national team, of which your name may be one.

    Simply click on the “Vote Here” tab, and follow the directions:

    Join the Frees,
    Opposite gender #1!
    (with consecutively ranked alternating genders thereafter)

    Thanks for your consideration, and we look forward to welcoming your name to the team as one equal unit of 1000!

    Very Truly Yours,
    –James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
    We’re eager to help, and eager to improve!
    (415) 686-1996

    “Why do you THINK they called it Google?”

  2. Demo Rep · · Reply

    Reminder — Having elections is one of the very few things that State/local govts MUST do.

    IF the courts have ANY brain cells, then they will NOT be amused by the NON-action in checking the signatures.

    ONE election day
    Equal nominating petitions
    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

  3. BAN=censorship=slanted reporting=supporter of IRV=3-party system advocate

  4. Casual Bystander · · Reply

    Any relief from these bozos, Richard?

  5. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #4, Demo Rep is a very astute observer of news and sometimes finds news for me.

  6. Casual Bystander · · Reply

    Well, that leaves Ogle. Perhaps Robert Milnes should spam this site as well with his PLAS idea.

  7. Demo Rep · · Reply

    # 4 How many bozos making useless flippant comments about whatever ???

    Democracy is barely hanging on by a thinner and thinner thread due to EVIL monarchs/oligarchs in the gerrymander control freak regimes.

    The robot party hack judges (esp. Fed judges) love to avoid the equal in the equal protection clause and the RFG in Art. IV, Sec. 4 in election law cases.

    I.E. the U.S.A. is very advanced on the EVIL road to Civil WAR II — via the Obama/Romney mouths.

  8. Richard, what are the prospects for the Justice Party, Green Party et al to get on the ballot in Vermont with this lawsuit?

  9. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #8, I think the prospects are good. Only the Justice Party is in this lawsuit. The Green Party didn’t actually get 1,000 valid signatures before the deadline.

  10. So would the lawsuit only put the Justice Party on or would it allow the other parties to re-file?

  11. Casual Bystander · · Reply

    Demo Rep @7… sorry bud but you just sound rabid. Ogle is simply looney tunes. I’ll take Milnes any day.

  12. Monarchist · · Reply

    #7 People in Lichtenstein seem to enjoy monarchy and it benefits them quite heavily given that the citizens they have the second highest per capita income in the world (more than 2.5 times the USA’s), super low crime rates, and super high standards of living. They like monarchy so much that a few years ago they actually voted to amend their constitution to give the prince even more powers than he already had. In fact the top five per capita income countries in the world are Monarchies (Monaco, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, and Qatar) and of those 3 have monarchs that regularly exercise their executive power (Monaco, Lichtenstein, and Qatar).

  13. @11 Thank you very much for your comment about how I am “simply looney tunes”.

    I’m certain that everybody needs a wake-up call every once in to show their disdain of teamwork and unity through elections with votes cast as proof as an alternative to violence and civil war.

    Coincidentally, at the moment I’m attending a NAACP meeting in a library, and I must remind everyone of her rejection as a “quota Queen” by the establishment in 1992 regarding her appointment as Attorney General, and the ways things could be different from items like Waco to electoral reform.

    Certainly “Casual Bystander” will have some wisdom as to a better alternative to pure proportional representation for the more serious readers?

  14. Honorable MP Lani Guinier [Republican]

  15. Hagenbach-Bischoff quota = mathematical formula for pure proportional representation (PR) based on percentages

    Casual Bystander = slanderer

  16. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #8, the Green Party’s better chances would be if the Vermont Supreme Court hears the Trudell case against the June petition deadline quickly. But so far they are planning to hold the hearing in September, which means that even if it wins it won’t help anyone this year.

  17. Regular Poster Who Doesn't Want To Be Called A Moron · · Reply

    Richard, DemoRep is just abusive. Please identify any content you can find in his ramblings on this or any other page.
    Ogle is unquestionably totally disconnected from reality.

    I find your tolerance of these two charming. Novice readers may disagree and miss out on much that is good on this site.

  18. Ben Schattenburg · · Reply

    @17 Maybe if we all just ignore them they will go away.

  19. Demo Rep · · Reply

    # 12 Gee – for every nice cute monarch in a small regime — how many KILLER monarchs in world history ???

    King George III – 1775-1783 — see the 1776 DOI
    Kaiser Bill

    How many pre-school juvenile MORONS are on this list with their juvenile flippant comments — brain dead ignorant about world/American political history, etc. ???

    How about worrying a WHOLE lot more about EVIL TYRANTS ??? — esp. the handful of gerrymander MONSTERS in D.C. and every State legislature producing since 1776

    — the EVIL UN-Equal ballot access laws (complained nonstop about on this list), the EVIL minority rule gerrymanders, the EVIL UN-declared wars, the EVIL UN-funded govt liabilities, the EVIL collapse of many older inner cities, etc.

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V. — before it is too late – and ONE computerized super-tyrant monarch takes over Mother Earth.

  20. Monarchist · · Reply

    #19 of your list of so called monarchs only 4 actually were. And of those four Napoleon was actually elected to become emperor in a free democratic election, and George the III was actually a rather good king by the standards of the day. I would much rather have lived under the constitutional monarchy and low taxes of George the III than the democracy and high taxes the United States has today.

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