The statist reactionaries continue to resort to illegal tricks and tactics to restrain our growing movement. From the blog of Mike Kole, Libertarian candidate for Indiana Secretary of State:
About 12 Libertarian candidate have had their candidacies declared invalid.
Are they felons? No. (Then again, a felon can still run for Congress…)
Have they made misleading statements with their filings? No.
Have they failed to file their papers? No.
Have they accepted a bribe? No.
Have they made threats against voters or opposition candidates? No.
So, what horrible crime have they committed against the people of Indiana? Nothing at all. They were bounced on a technicality.
What was this technicality? This is what the letter from the election goons said:
After their state convention, the LPIN was authorized by state statute to nominate candidates for offices listed in IC 3-8-4-2 and IC 3-8-4-10 if the LPIN did not nominate candidates for those offices at their state convention. IC 3-13-1-20 proscribes the process for filing these vacancies and provides, in relevant part:
“A candidate vacancy that exists following the convention of the party shall be filled by the state committee of the political party…. The chairman of the state committe shall file a notice of intent to fill the candidate vacancy with the official who is required to receive a certificate of candidate selection under section 15 of this chapter, The notice must be filed not later than ten (10) days before the chairman fills the candidate vacancy. (emphasis added)”
The “notice of intent to fill the candidate vacancy” described in IC 3-13-1-20 is a filing subject to SECTION 3 of House Enrolled Act 1011, which enacted a new statute, Indiana Code 3-5-4-1.9, that became effective March 23, 2006.
Damn them, damn their cheating ways, damn their illegal grasping of power. They cannot keep us down forever, though. The tide of liberty is rising mightily in Indiana and parliamentary bullshit tricks can only delay the inevitable.