Tuesday, January 7, 2014

LP gets preliminary injunction against ballot access bill in Ohio

Ruling opens path for Libertarian challenger to Kasich | The Columbus Dispatch - Joe Vardon:

January 7, 2014 - "A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against a Republican-backed bill that would have made it harder for minor-party candidates to make the ballot, meaning Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl is more likely to face GOP Gov. John Kasich and a Democratic challenger in November.

"U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Watson in Columbus ruled in favor of the Libertarian Party and Earl, who along with two others filed suit in November to block Senate Bill 193, dubbed by critics as the John Kasich Re-election Protection Act. The bill, which Kasich signed hours after it was passed by GOP lawmakers, would have blocked minor parties from holding a primary election this year, changed the rules for gathering signatures, and significantly increased the number of signatures required for minor parties to be recognized in 2014 – thus making it more difficult for Earl to qualify."

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/01/07/0107-libertarian-earl-ballot-access-injunction.html
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