Libertarians' ballot status fight moves to capital

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 5, 2012 10:31 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The fight over whether the Libertarian Party ticket stays on Pennsylvania's ballot is moving to the state capital city as it enters its third week.

Representatives of the party and three voters who challenged its petition spent the last two weeks reviewing the signatures of about 38,000 Philadelphia voters. They'll reconvene in Harrisburg on Wednesday to begin reviewing more than 2,000 from other voters.

As of Tuesday, the Republican Party-backed challengers had succeeded in striking about 17,000 signatures.

The Libertarians have accrued about 15,500 valid signatures of the 20,601 they need to keep their presidential nominee, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, and other statewide candidates on the ballot.

About 13,000 signatures remain contested. A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel will hear legal arguments in the case Sept. 12.

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