Iowa Challenge to Gary Johnson Ballot Position Will be Decided on August 29, Wednesday

According to this story, the three Iowa state officials hearing the challenge to the Libertarian Party’s ballot access in Iowa will decide on Wednesday, August 29. The newspaper story says it will be decided on Tuesday, but witnesses who were at the hearing know that it will be decided on Wednesday, when the same panel of three state officials re-convenes the hearing.

The challengers were represented by an attorney from Washington, D.C. He was accompanied by two attorneys from one of the biggest law firms in Des Moines.


  1. That’s terrible. I have ZERO knowledge of the Iowa situation, but I would have to say that it doesn’t seem like the LP could pull off a legitimate convention with 250+ attendees in Iowa. The real problem, of course, is that the requirement is ridiculous.

  2. Richard,

    Does this challenge have any merit or is it frivolous like the PA and MI challenges?

  3. Austin Cassidy · · Reply

    Why the hell didn’t they just collect the signatures? Iowa has one of the lowest petition requirements in the entire country!

  4. I explained that in my earlier post this morning. Just scroll down a little bit.

  5. Austin Cassidy · · Reply

    Gotcha, saw the earlier post after I posted this reply.

    Seems like this whole thing was totally botched. Couldn’t they have used a stand-in for the petition who lived in Iowa and who they’d have ready access to?

    I saw Gary Johnson on CNBC earlier telling the anchors that he would be the only minor party candidate on in all 50 states. I’m not sure how long he’ll be able to continue saying that at this rate, considering the LP is now likely to lose Pennsylvania. Oklahoma seems anything but certain. New Hampshire is still questionable. And now Iowa.

  6. I have a question. Which are the states that Americans Elect was able to make it on the ballot?

  7. #6, look at the June 1 2012 printed Ballot Access News, petitioning chart. Links to past print issues are at the top right-hand side of the page.

  8. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #5, there is no problem in New Hampshire. The town clerks have already determined that the Libertarian petition has more than enough signatures. And I am optimistic about Iowa and Pennsylvania.

  9. Richard do you think the OK AE group giving Johnson their ballot line will hold up?

    Like you I am optimistic for IA and PA (especially IA). I do have this lingering fear that something might go wrong with PA though.

  10. The LP continues to trumpet their 50-state ballot access goal:

    Personally, I think this IA challenge as well as the PA and MI ones are completely asinine, insane, and dim-witted. Hopefully the LP can fight back.

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