It is unfortunate to see Republican lawmakers, from the party of limited government, attempting to expand government by limit voter choice on the ballot and to make it more difficult for students to vote.
Senate Study Bill 1241 greatly expands the signature requirements for all races, some by thousands. It places Libertarian, Green and independent nominations for President in peril by nearly tripling the number of signatures required to secure ballot access.
This bill would additionally discriminate against third parties’ candidates by requiring them to file for office on the same primary deadline as Republican and Democrat candidates. This would move up the filing deadline for independent candidates by five months. Third parties do not enjoy primary privileges, why should they be held to closed primary election deadlines that they cannot participate in?
Major party candidates can continue to place candidates through August through conventions, another blow to independent candidates who would have to gather thousands of additional signatures a year out from any general election.
How are Iowa voters better served by placing barriers to vote and increasing ballot access restrictions? The only beneficiaries seem to be Republican politicians; who grow government to squash any competition at the expense of the majority of Iowa voters who are not Republican.
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Iowa