Libertarian Party Sues District of Columbia Over Ban on Out-of-District Circulators

On July 30, the Libertarian Party filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the District of Columbia ban on letting out-of-district circulators work in Washington, D.C. The case is Libertarian Party v Nichols, 12-1248. Here is the complaint.

Only six states still ban out-of-state circulators for all minor party and independent candidate petitions: California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. South Dakota bans out-of-state circulators for independent candidate petitions but not petitions to qualify a new party. Lawsuits against residency requirements for circulators are pending in California and Virginia.


  1. Demo Rep · · Reply

    Very sorry – but

    — the 1st Amdt petition stuff has ZERO to do with candidate/issue ballot access on public ballots

    — regardless of ALL of the SCOTUS MORON opinions on the subject.

    Each sovereign political AREA has ITS Electors-Voters.

    Everybody else is a political ALIEN from another universe.

    Again – there is a notary public aspect to all petition stuff.

    All much too difficult for the armies of moron lawyers and courts to understand.

  2. Matt Erard · · Reply

    Michigan also continues to ban out-of-state circulators for all independent candidate and new party petitions under MCL 168.544c (subsecs. 3, 14).

    The MI Secretary of State now exempts election-recall petition circulators from being registered voters in response to the declaratory ruling issued in Bogaert v. Land, 675 F. Supp.2d 742 (W.D. Mich. 2009), while still requiring such circulators to be State residents. For new party petitions and independent candidate qualifying petitions, however, the MI Secretary of State continues to apply the requirement that all circulators be registered Michigan voters, and therefore, implicitly, Michigan residents.

  3. Pennsylvania and New York should be the next targets for law suits against out-of-state petitioner bans.

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