The Libertarian Party has issued a searing statement in response to the rejection of their candidate petitions by Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
Libertarian Party of El Paso County Response to Colorado Secretary of State Rejecting 50% + of Signatures for Ballot Access of Jan Brooks
The Libertarian Party of El Paso County has received notice via the Libertarian Party of Colorado and our candidate Jan Brooks that the Colorado Secretary of State’s office has rejected greater than 50% of the signatures our volunteers gathered over the 10 day period we were given to obtain ballot access.
The rejection rate, in our opinion, is an excessive amount and likely to be challenged because this disenfranchises over 400 voters in Senate District 11 that have a stake in this recall election.
In addition to the excessive rejection rate, the Secretary of State’s voter registration website was down over the weekend of August 24-25 thus making it impossible for those in the field to verify registrations. This series of events calls into question the integrity of ballot access for third party candidates and the timing of the denial of access to the website for voter registration verification. The voters who chose to sign the petition to get Jan Brooks on the ballot deserve to have their participation validated.
The Libertarian Party of El Paso County has every intention of ensuring the voters of our county are heard and will take the necessary steps to honor those 426 people who signed our candidate’s petition.
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A fruitful lawsuit filed by the Libertarians, who felt they had not been given enough time to petition their candidates onto September recall ballots, threw the election into chaos and led to new rules that mean almost no one will get a mail ballot.
But now, it appears the party will fail to get a candidate onto the ballot in Senate District 11
, despite a judge providing extra time for the process.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler
found today that Libertarian candidate Jan Brooks
does not have to required number of valid signatures to petition onto the ballot.
Brooks candidate petition deemed insufficient
Denver – Today Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced that Jan Brooks, Libertarian candidate for the State Senate District 11 recall election, failed to collect enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
On August 26, Brooks submitted 834 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office began an immediate line-by-line review of the signatures. As a minor party candidate, Brooks needed 575 valid signatures from registered voters within Senate District 11, which equals two percent of the votes cast in the most recent Senate District 11 election. Books collected 408 valid signatures.