To the Editor: Man wants free elections for all
Written by Eric Eberly   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:09
Columbus politicians move to eliminate Libertarian Party from 2014 elections.
“The John Kasich Re-election Protection Act”, or SB 193, was introduced last Thursday by Sen. Bill Seitz. The day after Bowling Green local Charlie Earl announced his candidacy for Governor of Ohio.
A local farmer, small businessman, and former BGSU professor, Charlie Earl is running as a Libertarian against John Kasich. In an unashamed attempt to protect Kasich, career politicians in Columbus are working to eliminate opposition political parties.
All Americans have a basic human right to freedom of association as well as the freedom of speech. Those are protected by our First Amendment, and this proposed legislation clearly violates those rights for all Ohioans, not just people outside of the Republican and Democrat parties. This issue, SB 193, isn’t about whether you want to vote for a third party or not. It’s about government denying you the choice.
We want candidates for political office to decide what party they are running under of their own free will. We want them to be able to gather the same number of petitions from the same people and turn them in on the same day as Republicans and Democrats. Put simply, this bill turns candidates who want to work outside of the two old parties into second class citizens. Is that they way this country was founded? Are free elections not the cornerstone of our governmental process?
Please take a moment to contact Randy Gardner and tell him that SB 193 belongs in North Korea, not Ohio.
Eric Eberly
Bowling Green

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