Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dustup in the 29th

The Hazleton Standard Speaker is reporting that Dennis Baylor filed a suit on behalf of the “No-Party” political party so that they can avoid gathering signatures for the Special Election to fill the State Senate position vacated by the death of Senator Rhoads.

Baylor’s suit seeks a formal decision by the Department of State on the status of his political party and a stay to be placed on the Election if need be until the matter is decided.

By the most recent read of the law, Baylor would need signatures in the amount of 5% of the total vote cast in the last Senate Election for the seat in each of the counties it represents. For statewide office, he would need 2% of the votes cast in the last General Election top vote getter or 66,724 based on Auditor General Jack Wagner’s totals.

To make it on the ballot, Baylor would need 1,364 signatures by the January 13th deadline.

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