Libertarian Party wins round in PA petition challenge

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 14, 2012 10:37 AM

Vote buttons(Harrisburg) -- The Libertarian Party has won a round in the drawn-out challenge of its nominating papers in Pennsylvania, even as its presidential candidate prepares to visit the state.

Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, kicks off a national tour of college campuses Monday at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. The Libertarian Party standard-bearer plans to speak and answer questions from the audience.

On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the state Commonwealth Court ruled 2-1 that signatures of about 9,000 voters are valid even though they listed addresses that do not match those in the statewide voter registry.

Challengers backed by the Republican Party argued at a hearing this week that those signatures should be disqualified, which could have knocked Johnson off the statewide ballot.

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