The ballot-access protection racket

Source: Orange County Register
by Jacob Hornberger

“Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is experiencing the arcane world of ballot access. That’s because he is running for president as an Independent rather than as a Democrat. If he had remained in the Democratic Party and won the party’s nomination, he would have automatically been on the ballot in November. As an Independent candidate, he must now gather many thousands of signatures in order to get on the ballot in all 50 states. As Kennedy is now discovering, securing ballot access is no easy task. Each state has different rules with respect to the number of signatures required, the time allowed for securing such signatures, and other prerequisites for securing ballot access. If one fails to comply with all these regulations, the two major parties have legal teams ready to file lawsuits challenging a candidate’s petitions.” (05/12/24)