RFK Jr. sues Maine for ‘unconstitutionally’ prohibiting independent candidates from garnering petition signatures (Washington Examiner)

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    RFK Jr. sues Maine for ‘unconstitutionally’ prohibiting independent candidates from garnering petition signatures – By Peyton Sorosinski (Washington Examiner) / Feb 27, 2024

    Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign sued Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows last week, claiming that barring him from gathering petition signatures at Maine polling sites is unconstitutional.

    The lawsuit, which alleges Bellows is in violation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, was filed by Kennedy on Feb. 21 to the U.S. District Court. He argued in the complaint that independent candidates should be allowed to garner petition signatures inside polling places during the state’s March 5 Super Tuesday primary.

    “[Bellows] is out of control, exposing herself as a Democrat partisan hack, disinterested in the rule of law, basic constitutional protections, in favor of peacocking around as the lap dog of an incompetent, desperate, senile President,” Kennedy’s lawyers wrote in the civil complaint.

    In order to qualify to be on the November ballot, Maine’s current election law requires independent candidates to collect at least 4,000 signatures from registered voters and submit them to the secretary of state.

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