A federal judge has denied a temporary restraining order to a Texas man challenging Pennsylvania election law and seeking to circulate petitions for Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. Texas resident Trent Pool, and his firm Benezet Consulting, LLC, allege that their First Amendment right to circulate nominating petitions for the April primary election ballot is unconstitutionally limited by three provisions in Pennsylvania election law.
U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane wrote that Mr. Pool, a professional political petition circulator, “failed to establish … irreparable harm” under the current law and the temporary restraining order couldn’t be granted.
Mr. Pool’s case is challenging the state’s rule that those collecting signatures for candidates must be registered Pennsylvania voters, the requirement that every page of nominating petitions be notarized and the prohibition on voters signing more than one nominating petition for the same office.