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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 88

Ballot Access — Part 3

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30 July 1998


1998 Ron Paul 88:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

1998 Ron Paul 88:2
The gentleman suggests we should leave this to the States. I quoted and cited the constitutional authority for this. It is explicit. We have the authority to do this. There are many, many unfair laws.

1998 Ron Paul 88:3
Dealing with the President, for instance, the minor candidates, on average, to get on the ballot, are required to get 701,000 signatures. A major candidate gets less than 50,000. To get on an average Senate seat ballot, 196,000 signatures are required for the Senate, 15,000 for the major candidates. In the House, on the average for the minor candidate, it is more than 13,000, where it is 2,000 for a major candidate.

1998 Ron Paul 88:4
There is something distinctly unfair about this. This is un-American. We have the authority to do it. This is the precise time to do it. We are dealing with campaign reform, and they are forcing these minor candidates to spend unbelievable amounts of money. They are being excluded. They are 42 percent of the people in this country. They are the majority, when we divide the electorate up. They deserve representation, too.

The CHAIRMAN. All time has expired. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL) to the amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 13 offered by Mr. SHAYS:

The question was taken; and the Chairman announced that the noes appeared to have it.

1998 Ron Paul 88:5
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Chairman, I demand a recorded vote.
Notes:

This speech is the third in a series started in 1998 Ron Paul Chapter 86.

1998 Ron Paul 88:4 They are the majority, when we divide the electorate up. 42 percent is a plurality, not a majority.

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