The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 12, 2010

Blatantly unfair

Daily Item

---- — The Pennsylvania Republican Party is supporting an effort to strike third-party candidates from the general election ballot in November. While Democrats and Republicans can waltz onto the state ballot with no real effort, third-party candidates must collect more than 19,000 voter signatures to petition for the right to serve as a choice for Pennsylvania voters.

Despite this blatantly unfair requirement, the Libertarian Party candidates for U.S. senator, governor and lieutenant governor demonstrated the trust of the people by filing well over the minimum number of petition signatures. For reasons that defy understanding, the GOP wants a court to deny these candidates their fair place on the ballot.

Mik Robertson, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, calls this ploy an "affront to the citizens of Pennsylvania" and calls on all political party leaders to condemn this effort to restrict voter choices.

I am the Libertarian Party candidate for the state House of Representatives in the 85th District. If you believe this is an unfair and unreasonable abuse of power and influence, please contact the Pennsylvania Republican Party at or by phone at (717) 234-4901 to express your displeasure.

Erik Viker,