Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New Sentinel printed a letter to the editor I submitted

The link is http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/15117808.htm

Text is below:

Simplify, clarify election law

I researched Indiana election law, due to the recent “loophole” that allowed the Allen County GOP to add candidates to the ballot after failing to file a “written statement of intent” to fill those vacancies by noon on June 30.

The Indiana election code is far too complicated and unclear in places. It needs to be simplified so that we encourage candidates to run for office rather then require them to consult with a cadre of lawyers.

After reading Indiana election law, I feel that the Allen County GOP did not comply with the election law. I do not wish to see their candidates disqualified; I wish to see the pertinent sections of Indiana code rewritten by the General Assembly.

Indiana election law should be written so that citizens can easily understand it. Indiana election law should be written to encourage citizens to run for office. Indiana election law should not be a barrier to the democratic process.

Indiana needs a secretary of state who will push the legislature to simplify Indiana’s election law. Indiana needs Mike Kole, Libertarian candidate for secretary of state. He says, “The law should be easy for average citizens to understand, should encourage participation from candidates of all parties and should encourage participation by voters because their views are best represented when all parties participate.”

Mike Sylvester, chairman Libertarian Party of Allen County

7 comments:

Andrew Kaduk said...

Nice sentiment.

Too bad the Democratic and Republican parties ARE a "cadre of lawyers" and therefore find what you suggest to be trite.

Jeff Pruitt said...

Mike,

At what point will the party push the 5% vote agenda for Kole's candidacy? I don't think many people know about the 5% rule.

Realistically, the LP can't win that race BUT it would be a HUGE boost for the party to pick up 5% of the vote.

I know campaigning leads to many tough decisions; I just thought I'd ask you how the party is going to tackle the 5% issue...

LP Mike Sylvester said...

The LP needs Mike KOle to get 2% of the total vote to reatain full ballot access.

The LP needs MIke Kole to take 10% of the total vote to become a major party by Indiana Law...

Mike Syvlester

Jeff Pruitt said...

Ah, see I didn't know either - I thought it was 5%

Mike Kole said...

2% = LPIN retains ballot access
10% = LPIN earns Major Party status

With that 10%, I believe LPIN would be on the Elections Board, Elections Commission, and a host of other appointed boards and commissions.

I do talk about this on the trail. It gets people excited to know there are worthwhile, attainable goals

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