I just got off the air on Alabama’s intimidated by the police last week while trying to collect signatures for Loretta Nall’s campaign in Alabama. Hosts Russ and Dee Fine were absolutely livid that University of Alabama-Birmingham police interfered with our obvious First Amendment rights. I had a power outage this morning, so I missed some of the program before I went on the air, but all but one of the callers I heard were equally upset. As an example, the caller right before I went on the air was calling “them” Nazis.about our ballot access petitioners being
I’ve known Russ and Dee for some time. While we certainly don’t agree on all of their political issues, we’ve worked together on quite a few common causes over the years. Russ’s office is right down the street from where the incident occurred, and he could easily visualize exactly which spot in the street the police told our petitioners to collect signatures at.
It’s virtually impossible to collect all the signatures required to get on the ballot in Alabama. As my wife describes it, it’s like having to run 26 miles just to get to the marathon. With this new harassment restriction hanging over our heads, it’s like having to make that run wearing leg irons.
If you are from Alabama and don’t support Nall’s campaign, your rights are still being violated by these egregious ballot access laws and police intimidation tactics. In this case, they are taking away your right to vote against the Libertarian candidate. No matter how you feel about Nall, please download the ballot access petition form, fill it out (and get five of your friends to do so, as well), and mail it to 2330 Highland Ave., B’ham, AL, 35205.
If you have a blog with Alabama readers, please.
If you don’t live in Alabama but believe that all candidates should have the same requirements to get on the ballot, you can still help. We need to raise an awful lot of money between now and June 6, and you can help so much just by clicking here.