On September 13, a 3-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued an opinion in In re Nomination Paper of Robertson, 507 MD 2012, the case over whether the statewide Libertarian petition has enough valid signatures. By a vote of 2-1, the Court ruled that signatures are not invalid just because the signer had moved and showed the new address on the petition, whereas the signer is still registered at the old address. However, that is only true for signers who moved within the county, not to another county. Here is the court order. Scroll down to the bottom to get the substance.
The Libertarian Party lost on the issue of whether a signature is invalid if the signer put the month and day, but not the year, in the date column. However, such signatures can be redeemed if the signer signs a new affidavit saying he or she signed in 2012, but such affidavit is due September 21. Obviously it would be extremely difficult for the party to locate these signers and obtain such an affidavit, especially in just eight days. The vote on that was also 2-1; the dissenting judge felt the signatures are valid. The form says at the bottom “Revised January 2012.”
It seems somewhat plausible that the first part of the decision, concerning the validity of signatures when the signer moved within the county, will provide enough valid signatures that the petition will be verified. However, it is very likely that the Commonwealth Court decision will be appealed to the State Supreme Court. Thanks to Richard Schwarz for the link.