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FL Libertarian gubernatorial candidate arrested for civil disobedience

2014 Florida Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie.
2014 Florida Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie.
Libertarian Party

On May 9, Florida Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie was arrested for driving without a license.

Wyllie has been trying to arrange for this outcome since 2011, as he surrendered his license in protest of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and has driven without one since as an act of civil disobedience. “As some of your listeners will know, when you go to renew your license in a state that is Real ID compliant, you have to submit an array of documentation including a marriage license, divorce decrees, bank statements and you also have to submit to a bio-metric facial recognition scan that is maintained in a federal database,” explained Wyllie on the Ben Swann Radio Show.

According to Danielle Alexandre, Wyllie's campaign manager, “[In May 2011] he called every jurisdiction in Pinellas County and said ‘I surrendered my license and I am driving.’ No one would come and get him.”

Wyllie was issued a $116 traffic ticket later in 2011 for driving without a license. He argued in court that no American can be forced to give up a natural right (the right to travel) for a privilege (having a driver’s license). After a week of deliberation, the judge sided against Wyllie, saying he had not proven the unconstitutionality of the REAL ID Act beyond a reasonable doubt.

For the last three years, Wyllie has continued to drive without a license, hoping to be arrested and criminally charged. His arrest finally occurred around 2:00 p.m. on May 9 in the parking lot of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Safety Harbor, Fla., as he was going to an event put on by the Intercultural Advocacy Institute. According to Alexandre, “He was not breaking any other ordinances or traffic laws; he was told that he was pulled over for driving without a license. That means they knew who he was.”

Now that Wyllie has been arrested and criminally charged, he will have the opportunity to make a legal case against the REAL ID Act in front of a jury. Alexandre says that is what Wyllie wants. “He wants to take his fight directly to the people.”

Wyllie is one of two Libertarian candidates entering the Florida primary on July 12. There are also 31 other candidates currently running.

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