Thursday, June 5, 2014

Federal court dismisses Ohio LP's ballot appeal

Federal court won’t rehear Libertarian Earl’s case | Columbus Dispatch: - Julie Carr Smith:

June 4, 2014 - "A Libertarian candidate for Ohio governor had his hopes dashed today, when a federal appeals court in Cincinnati declined to rehear his appeal seeking access to the state ballot.

"The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the last stop for candidate Charlie Earl.

"Ohio’s elections chief disqualified Earl from the primary election after his nominating petitions were challenged. Secretary of State Jon Husted agreed with a hearing officer who found that two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers.

"Libertarians sought to reinstate Earl’s ballot status, arguing Husted’s decision was unconstitutional and conflicted with prior rulings of the office allowing them to submit signatures without declaring an employer.

"A federal judge ruled against the party.... A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit upheld that decision.... The Libertarian Party of Ohio appealed that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case.

"The party’s latest request sought a review by the full 6th Circuit.

"Earl’s candidacy had the potential to draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich as he faces Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.... It’s expected to be among closely watched races around the country this fall."

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