Huntsman Fails to Place on Arizona Ballot

by Brian Bolduc

Ron Paul’s campaign is trumpeting the fact that Jon Huntsman’s name may not be on the ballot in Arizona. National Journal reports:

Huntsman failed to qualify for Arizona’s February 28 presidential preference election after his filing paperwork — which was turned in only two hours before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline — was rejected due to a “notary issue,” according to Secretary of State spokesman Matt Roberts. The Arizona Secretary of State’s office sent a letter to Huntsman’s campaign shortly thereafter informing them that they are “unable to certify” Huntsman as a candidate.

Huntsman’s nomination forms were ruled “incomplete” because they were “missing the candidate’s original notarized signature,” Roberts said. “We are unable to certify him because of that.”

Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller was taken aback by the news, and said the campaign will dispute the disqualification. “We submitted what was required,” Miller said. “Our campaign will aggressively challenge the ruling and we will be on the ballot.” . . .

Making the rejection all the more embarrassing for Huntsman is the fact that Arizona has some of the easiest ballot requirements in the country: Candidates needed only to submit a notarized statement of application to qualify — no voter signatures, no petitions, nothing. This stands in stark contrast to Virginia, which boasts some of the nation’s toughest ballot requirements. Gingrich failed to qualify not for a lack of paperwork, but because he was unable to collect the requisite 10,000 valid signatures from Virginia voters — including 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.

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