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Libertarian Hess faces signature challenge (access required)


Barry Hess, the perennial Libertarian candidate for governor, fought successfully against legislation that would have required third-party candidates to collect thousands of signatures to get on the ballot. Now a challenge filed by a Republican activist alleges that he fell short of the 133 signatures he needs to run for governor.

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Brewer’s signing of election bill creates major hurdle for third parties (access required)

Barry Hess, the Libertarian standard bearer, will have to fend off challenges from three other Libertarian candidates to win the party’s nomination for governor this year. Hess ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002 and 2006, and this year he’s one of 22 Libertarians seeking office in Arizona.

Third-party candidates may become a rare breed in Arizona.

HB2305, an omnibus elections bill, dramatically raises the number of signatures that Green Party, Libertarian and other third-party candidates will need to qualify for the ballot. Whereas signature requirements have historically been based on the number of registered votes a party has, the bill equalizes the requirements for all parties.

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