Kennedy Collects Needed Signatures to Gain Ballot Access in Swing State Nevada, Wins Lawsuit in Idaho

LOS ANGELES, CA—MARCH 5, 2024—Independent Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. today announced the campaign has collected the necessary signatures to put “Bobby on the Ballot” in Nevada. The campaign also won a lawsuit in Idaho to knock back an unconstitutional signature deadline.

The campaign has collected more than 15,000 signatures in Nevada. This places Kennedy on the ballot in one of the most closely contested swing states in the country, where the margin between Presidents Biden and Trump was just 2.39% in 2020. 

“Today marks the end of the primary and the beginning of the general election,” Kennedy said on Super Tuesday. “Nearly 70% of Americans don’t want a Trump/Biden rematch from 2020. They want to vote for someone who represents hope and healing. For someone with an inspiring vision for America.”

“I look forward to taking on Presidents Biden and Trump on the issues that matter most to Americans — from making housing and health care affordable to ending the forever wars and unraveling corporate capture of our government.”

Kennedy’s surging support across the country has made the election a three-way race. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows him leading nationwide among voters under 35 and independents. An NBC poll shows 34% of people saying they could see themselves supporting RFK Jr. Another Quinnipiac Poll discussed on CNN shows Kennedy basically in a three-way tie with Presidents Biden and Trump among Latinos.

The Kennedy campaign filed another successful ballot access lawsuit challenging Idaho’s unconstitutional early deadline for independent presidential candidates to qualify for Idaho’s 2024 general election ballot.

Kennedy challenged Section 34-708A of the Idaho Code mandating that independent candidates file nomination petitions containing a minimum of 1,000 verified signatures with Secretary of State McGrane no later than March 15. In Anderson v. Celebrezze, The United States Supreme Court, more than 40 years ago, clearly established that a March 20 deadline imposed by Ohio for independent presidential candidates to qualify for a state ballot was unconstitutional as too early and impairing the rights of voters to cast meaningful votes for candidates other than the two major party candidates.

Days after the Kennedy campaign filed their lawsuit, the Idaho State Legislature commenced a race to amend the statute to bring it into compliance with Supreme Court precedent. On February 29, during an informal status conference, Judge Winmill informed Sec. McGrane that he would extend the March 15 deadline if the state legislature failed to quickly amend the challenged law. 

This is the second constitutional challenge to state petitioning deadlines that the campaign has won, previously having struck down the Utah deadline in December 2023.

The Kennedy campaign has launched a robust ballot access plan to ensure RFK Jr. is on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The campaign has exceeded all its ballot access benchmarks to date.

Kennedy is already on the ballot in Utah and has collected all the necessary signatures to be on the New Hampshire ballot. In Hawaii, the Hawaii Office of Elections has confirmed Kennedy supporters have collected the required signatures to establish the “We The People” party in Hawaii.

Supporters of Kennedy in California, Delaware, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas have filed political party paperwork.

Three months ago, Kennedy returned to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, and declared his independence from the “bankrupt two-party system.” He did so with the National Constitution Center behind him and the words “We the People” etched into the building by his side.

“We the people” are the first three words of the U.S. Constitution. These words symbolize that our government draws its power from the people that it was created to serve.

On Oct. 9, Kennedy said, “Like the Founding Fathers declared their independence from the crown more than two centuries ago, today we declare our independence from the corrupting influence of Wall Street and corporate donors that have rigged our economy for the few at the expense of the many.” 

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