UPDATE Barr's Lawsuit Denied

Attempt to throw Obama and McCain off Texas ballot rejected

The Texas Supreme Court, without giving a reason why (perhaps because it was so ridiculously obvious) has rejected the lawsuit by Libertarian presidential candidate and former Georgia Republican Congressman Bob Barr attempting to throw Barack Obama and John McCain off the Nov. 4 Texas ballot.

“Today’s ruling by the Texas Supreme Court is a win for Democrats, Republicans, Independents and every Texan who wishes to exercise their right to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice this November," said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie.

UPDATE: Statement from Pat Dixon, the chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas:

We are naturally disappointed that the Supreme Court has refused to enforce the law against Republicans and Democrats in this case, when courts have repeatedly enforced the law against Libertarians, other minor parties, and independents in past cases.

Unfortunately, rather than answer questions, the Supreme Court's action raises new questions. To what extent are parties bound by the Texas Election Code? Is there now a grace period for deadlines? How long is the grace period? Does it apply to the Libertarian Party as well as the Republicans and Democrats? Which deadlines should the Libertarian Party ignore? Does the Secretary of State have the power to enforce the law against people she doesn't like, and waive the law for people she does like? Unfortunately, these questions will have to be tested in the future.

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