On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained how the Libertarian Party might get presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney removed from the ballot in Washington State.
Earlier this month, the Libertarian Party of Washington State filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Romney’s name from being printed on Washington’s general election ballot.
Under Washington law, the Republican Party is no longer considered a majority party because they did not formally nominate a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010. As a minority party, Republicans can only place a name on the ballot for President by collecting 1,000 signatures of registered voters, which they have not.
“If the lawsuit succeeds, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan might have to run as write-in candidates in Washington State,” Maddow said. “And look, nobody expects Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to have any chance in heck in Washington State. So it probably in the long run does not matter whether Romney is on the ballot or not.”
“But for every Republican who delighted in [attempts to remove Obama from the ballot], you can file this one under ‘medicine comma taste of your own,’” she joked.