Supporters hopeful despite court denial of ballot access relief for alternative parties

PITTSBURGH, Pa.; July 30, 2020—  Dr. Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian presidential nominee, will be attending campaign rallies this weekend in several Pennsylvania cities, to thank supporters and especially petitioners striving to place her on the ballot in the State of Independence.

The tour follows on the heels of Tuesday’s Third Circuit ruling denying relief for the Libertarian Party (LP) and alternative parties (Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania v. Governor, 20-2481). America’s third-largest party, the LP is striving to reprise their 50-state (plus D.C.) ballot access this year. 

Jorgensen’s state campaign coordinator, Sam Robb of Pittsburgh, acknowledged the court decision was unfortunate. “It seems that every other state has realized that physical petitioning in COVID times is a bad idea,” said Robb. “It’s going to be hard, but if we keep up the pace we’ve been seeing over the past week, we will make it—and provide Pennsylvania voters a candidate they can vote for enthusiastically.”

Dr. Jorgensen expressed thanks to her supporters in advance of her Saturday arrival. “I am inspired by the hard work of Pennsylvania libertarians and other supporters of this campaign who are petitioning to get us on the ballot in this key state, under the most trying of circumstances,” she said. “Gathering the volume of signatures we need in Pennsylvania has always been a challenge. Adding a pandemic to the equation makes every one of these activists a hero, in my mind. I look forward to thanking them in person this weekend.”

Jorgensen’s platform calls for ending the war on drugs, bringing U.S. troops home from foreign wars, drastically slashing federal spending, and allowing for a truly free market in health care, with competition and the resultant lower prices.

Jorgensen’s vice-presidential running mate, Jeremy “Spike” Cohen, will be visiting cities in eastern Pa. starting Friday, while Jorgensen will focus on the western part of the state, Saturday through Monday. They will turn in their ballot petitions on Monday morning at the state capitol.

Dr. Jorgensen’s campaign stops in western PA (subject to change) are as follows:Saturday, August 1
12:45 P.M. — Washington: Washington County Fairgrounds: 2151 N Main St. 15301
2:30 P.M. — Belle Vernon: Cedar Creek Park, Activity Center: 453 Evergreen Dr. 15012
5:00 P.M.  — Pittsburgh: Allegheny Commons Park: Union Pl. 15212
7:45 P.M.  — Meadville: Diamond Park Square 16335

Sunday, August 2
10:00 A.M.  — Erie: Erie County Courthouse:140 W 6th St. 16501
1:45 P.M. — Clarion: Veterans Memorial Park: 421 Main St. 16214
4:00 P.M.  — DuBois: Sandy Township Recreational Park: 351 Spider Lake Rd. 15801
6:15 P.M. — State College: Godspeed Hostel: 7897 S. Eagle Valley Rd. 16870

Monday, August 3
9:30 A.M. — Petition turn-in at the state capitol, 501 N. 3rd St,  Harrisburg 17120

Mr. Cohen’s campaign stops in eastern PA (subject to change) are as follows:
Friday, July 31
9:00 A.M. — Downtown Williamsport, between 3rd and 4th Streets 17701
12:30 P.M. — Scranton: Courthouse Square, near 200 N. Washington 18503
2:30 P.M. — Pittston: Downtown, between Main St./E Columbus Ave. & Williams St. 18640
4:45 P.M. — Wilkes-Barre: Kirby Park, 160 Market St. 18704
5:30 P.M. — Wilkes-Barre: Wilkebarre Square, 35 S Washington St. 18704

Saturday, August 1
8:30 A.M. — Barto: Jake’s Flea Market, 1380 PA-100 19504
10:00 A.M. — Allentown: Quakertown Flea Market, 201 Station Rd. 18951
12:15 P.M. — Philadelphia: Penn’s Landing, 130 Spruce St. 19106
2:00 P.M. — Philadelphia: Love Park/City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd. 19107
4:30 P.M. — Reading: Corner of 5th and Penn St. 19601

Sunday, August 2
9:00 A.M. — Sinking Springs: Willow Glen Flea Market, 94 Park Ave. 19608
12:00 P.M. — Thomasville: Morningstar Markets, 5309 Lincoln Hwy. 17364
1:30 P.M. — Downtown York: 100 N George St. 17401
5:00 P.M. — Harrisburg: 501 N 3rd St. 17120

Monday, August 3
9:30 A.M. — Petition turn-in at the state capitol, 501 N. 3rd St,  Harrisburg 17120

Media advisory: The candidates will have availability at most tour stops. A mult box will be available at the rallies, although no risers. Personal distancing protocols will be followed; hand sanitizer and masks will be provided.