Signs of Life From the Labor Party

As was also reported in Ballot Access News, it looks like the Labor Party has decided to actually involve itself in the world of real electoral politics. The decade-old party has never sought to qualify itself or run candidates in any state up to this point. It now appears that will change come 2006 with the announcement that an organizing committee will be formed in South Carolina with the goal of getting the party on the ballot there.

The official announcement from the Labor Party website:

The Labor Party’s Interim National Council has authorized formation of a South Carolina Labor Party Organizing Committee as a first step toward entering the electoral arena in that state. The initial objective is to attain certification as a political party and thereby gain ballot access.

State election law, written as always by the two corporate parties, requires presentation of petitions signed by 10,000 validated registered voters in the state as the first hurdle toward certification. For the South Carolina Labor Party to be eligible to field a candidate in the 2006 election, these petitions must be filed no later than January 31, 2006.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out, but if the party successful in getting ballot access it could be bad news for South Carolina Democrats.

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