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Roger Roots, Libertarian governor's candidate

2012-10-09T10:04:00Z Roger Roots, Libertarian governor's candidate Helena Independent Record
October 09, 2012 10:04 am

I was motivated to run for Secretary of State when I witnessed the Republican Party’s suppression of Ron Paul voters during the 2008 and 2012 presidential primary seasons.

Virtually every known tactic of voter suppression was used, including secret unannounced “conventions” in the living rooms of Party insiders, rules for voting altered at the last minute, faked vote tallies and votes counted in secret.

Nationwide, the vote fraud against Ron Paul this year began at the Iowa caucuses, when votes were changed to make Ron Paul No 2. Republicans in Maine canceled caucuses where Ron Paul supporters held majorities. Local vote tallies transmitted to central locations were altered. In Nevada in 2008, the GOP establishment closed their state convention, turned off the lights and fled out side doors to stop Ron Paul voters from outvoting them.

Watching the establishment suppress votes to maintain the expansive government we see today made me understand the great obstacles we face when trying to reform the political system.

I believe that libertarianism and freedom are the causes of our future, both in Montana and nationwide.

But we must overcome the coercive tactics used by entrenched power holders as they cling to control of our institutions. We must establish and maintain 100 percent integrity in our election processes so that the growing voice of previously-suppressed freedom voters can be properly registered and counted.

As Secretary of State, I will work to make the election process as transparent as possible, so that Montanans can see each step of the vote tabulation process in public. I will also work to streamline the systems for filing and renewing corporate and business filings. Montanans should be able to navigate quickly through the State’s business chartering process.

The Secretary of State also occupies an important seat on the State Land Board, and I will always use my position on the Board to promote free markets and open access to Montana’s State lands for the widest variety of users.

The Libertarian Party provides the only real alternative to the powerlust and micromanagement offered by the two big-government parties. Libertarians believe in the right to be left alone and to live our lives as we choose.

This election I urge Montanans to pull the lever for myself as well as the other Libertarians on the ballot.

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