Pennsylvania SC allows Barr on the Nov. 4 ballot

By Chris Rizo | Oct 21, 2008

Bob Barr (L)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline)-The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has said Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr can be on the Keystone State's Nov. 4 ballot, alongside Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

The high court issued its one-page per curiam order Friday, rejecting a challenge filed by Cumberland County Republican Chairman Victor Stabile, who sued to keep Barr off the ballot by urging the courts to set aside the substitution certificate of Barr as the Libertarian Party nominee.

The Commonwealth Court denied Stabile's complaint; the Supreme Court affirmed the decision.

The lawsuit was filed amid fears that Barr, the former Republican congressman from Georgia, could take votes from McCain, which could affect the outcome of a tight race.

"It is disappointing that such a prominent member of the Republican Party would undertake this effort to limit the choices of Pennsylvania voters," said Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Michael Robertson.

"The citizens of our Commonwealth deserve better than the misinformation offered by the Republican leadership during this episode," Robertson added.

From Legal Newsline: Reach reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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