Ballot Access News
On October 23, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall said that Connecticut need not reprint its ballots to include Bob Barr. The key factor in the decision was the state’s testimony that it would be almost impossible to reprint the ballots. There will be no appeal of the denial of injunctive relief. However, the Libertarian Party will keep the case alive, with the goal of getting the signature-checking process declared unconstitutional. The “Help America Vote Act” of 2002 mandated that each state have its own centralized list of registered voters. Therefore, the New England tradition that town clerks must check ballot access petitions seems not only cumbersome and faulty, but no longer necessary.