Thursday, May 1, 2014

Appeals court won't reinstate Earl to Ohio primary ballot

Federal appeals court declines to order Libertarian Charlie Earl's name on primary ballot | - Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group:

May 1, 2014 - "A federal appeals court panel on Thursday denied a request by Libertarian gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Earl to order his name on next week's primary ballot.

"Libertarian Party officials have appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Mark Brown, the party's attorney.

"If Earl, a former Republican state representative, doesn’t make the May 6 Libertarian primary ballot, it would likely doom his chances to run in the general election this November.

"Secretary of State Jon Husted struck Earl’s name from the primary ballot in March on the grounds that petition signature collectors for him didn’t properly disclose that the party employed them.

"The Libertarians sued, claiming Husted’s decision violated constitutional guarantees of free speech and due process."

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