Friday, March 7, 2014

Libertarians removed from Ohio primary ballot

Husted Orders Libertarian Candidates Off Primary Ballot | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio:

March 7, 2014 - "Secretary of State Jon Husted decided late Friday to remove Charlie Earl, the Libertarian candidate for governor, off the May primary ballot.

"That decision effectively removes the possibility of a Libertarian name being on the November ballot.

"Husted said he is following the recommendation of a hearing officer who concluded Earl and Steve Linnabary, the Libertarian candidate for Attorney General, do not have enough valid signatures on petitions.

"The decision is being hailed as a victory for state Republicans.... Republican governor John Kasich narrowly defeated then-Democratic governor Ted Strickland in 2010 by a 49 to 47 percent margin.

"'Kasich and his allies have moved heaven and earth to keep Charlie Earl off the ballot, they know he would take votes from Kasich," said Dale Butland of Innovation Ohio. "But you have to give Republicans credit because when it comes to voter suppression they don't discriminate. Whether you're black or you're white, unless you plan to vote for Kasich, they don't want you at the polls."

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