- Posted August 26, 2008 by
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ron Paul to be added to presidential ballot in Louisiana?
Apparently motivated by the actions of the Louisiana State GOP during the Louisiana Caucus, a group of activists in Louisiana, including members of a group known as the LSU Constitutionalists, have banded together to nominate Ron Paul to the presidential ballot in the state. The move requires the support of 9 electors and a $500 filing fee, which the group has purportedly organized, and will be moving forward with the action before the state deadline later this week. The paperwork to be submitted is legal and does not require Dr. Paul's signature or permission. According to reports, Dr. Paul is aware of the effort, but neither supports or discourages the move.
In January, Ron Paul had the greatest number of pledged Louisiana delegates who had registered by the original January 10 deadline. When that fact became apparent, the state GOP extended the registration deadline for delegates to January 12, and disqualified a number of Louisiana voters using an outdated voter registration list. The action infuriated Paul supporters across the state, who claim the party's actions paved the way for John McCain to narrowly win a majority of the state's delegates.
If successful, Louisiana could be the only state in the nation with Paul on the ballot. The potential ramifications of such a move could be huge, with the possibility of drawing enough of the state's conservative voters away from John McCain to allow for an Obama victory in the state in the general election.