Sore Loser LawsSubmitted by Spirit of '76 on Thu, 03/22/2012 - 13:35
Sore loser laws are different in every state.
That said there are some people here under the impression that no state sore loser law could effect Ron Paul because "it's a national election".
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Candidates have to file in each state for a STATE election of ELECTORS. It is the STATE ELECTORS who elect the president.
Ballot access to each state's ballot is certainly a STATE matter, not a federal one.
Therefore, it is entirely possible, depending on how a given state's law is written, for a sore loser law to affect a presidential candidate.
Again, it depends on a state by state basis. However, if anyone tells you it's "impossible", they are woefully ignorant and wrong. Do not let yourself be deceived.
There's another reason this is important and it has to do with write-in status. If you plan on writing in RP, CHECK YOUR STATE LAW. You most likely (most states) need to register him as a WRITE IN CANDIDATE.
There are deadlines for write in candidate registration.
CARING is an action verb. Therefore, if you CARE to write in RP, then you will TAKE ACTION to ensure that write in votes count.
If you do not take this action, then it means you're just full of hot air, but don't care enough to ensure people who write him in will have their votes counted.
All of the above notwithstanding, it is possible an RP write in candidacy may be precluded by a state sore loser law. Which is why it's even more important to KNOW YOUR STATE LAWS.
Do not assume ANYTHING and do not let out of staters tell you about your state's laws unless they can quote them and link to the quote.