“New Law Makes It Impossible For Anyone Except Major Parties to Place Candidates on Ballots”
6 – 15 – 15 Sioux Falls, SD By Devin Saxon. The Constitution Party lead by State-Chair Lori Stacey, and representatives of the Libertarian Party, have co-opted with the American Civil Liberties Union in filing a lawsuit against South Dakota’s law-makers, Attorney General Marty Jackley, and Secretary of State Shantel Krebs for violating both the 1st and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.
The lawsuit filed today at the U.S. District Court of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, claims that South Dakota’s elected officials have violated their oaths of office by committing the cowardly act of tampering with ballot access laws which have been put in place to protect the people of South Dakota from tyrants. Specifically cited in the lawsuit is the complaint that altering deadlines 3rd party candidates must adhere to in order to compete with the Republican/Democratic horde through-out fall elections forces third party candidates to, “collect signatures in the coldest months of winter,” according to the director emeritus of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Laughlin McDonald, who also claims that these tactics are, “anti-democratic,” adding that they are, “effectively burdening candidates, voters, and blocking new parties from participating in elections.” Stephen Pevar, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program elaborates further, “an early filing deadline that prevents new parties from advancing their candidates for the state’s highest offices conflicts with an important political tradition that has proven it’s value over the course of American history.” State officials have demonstrated their leadership skills by, as of this release, not making a statement.