Palin may miss 2012 US Presidential race bus

Sarah Palin will have to get on the ballot soon if she wants to run for the 2012 US President.

Updated: Aug 26, 2011, 16:19 PM IST

Washington: The latest assessments have suggested that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will have to get on the ballot soon if she wants to run for the 2012 US President.

Though Palin had earlier indicated at various self-imposed deadlines, she has to conform to some strict deadlines.

For instance: presidential candidates’ names have to be submitted for inclusion on the primary ballot in Florida on October 31.

Candidates have to file for the South Carolina primary ballot along with 25,000 dollars fee by next day and the deadline for New Hampshire is November 18.

“It isn’t inconceivable that somebody could get into the race as late as the first or second week in October and manage to get it all done,” provided they knew what they were doing”, Politico quoted a Democratic lawyer, Matt Seyfang, as saying.

Though Palin could run her presidential campaign overcoming traditional barriers, she would still have to meet state-by-state ballot access requirements to get into all the different primaries.

“Regardless of how you want to run your campaign, if you have not complied with state ballot requirements, you can’t be on the ballot, and if you’re not on the ballot, you can’t get delegates allocated to you,” an election lawyer, Jason Torchinsky said.

Palin had earlier denied reports that her presidential campaign announcement was imminent.

“Any professional pundit claiming to have ‘inside information’ regarding Gov Palin’s personal decision is not only wrong, but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public,” her Political Action Committee posted on its website.

Palin had earlier given an “August/September time frame” but also said she doubted that she would have make up her mind by September 3, when she is scheduled to headline a tea party rally outside Des Moines.

ANI