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Libertarian Loses Appeal, Remains Off May Ballot
A federal appeals court has denied an attempt by the Libertarian Party of Ohio to get its gubernatorial candidate on the May 6 primary ballot.
The party plans an immediate appeal.
Ohio elections chief Jon Husted disqualified the candidate, Charlie Earl, after his nominating petitions were challenged. Husted agreed with a hearing officer that two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers.
Libertarians sued, arguing Husted’s decision violated the law and conflicted with prior rulings allowing submission of signatures without declaring an employer.
On Thursday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled Libertarians’ slim chances of a successful First Amendment challenge to Husted’s decision should bar the party from proceeding.
The three-judge panel acknowledged the decision’s likelihood of keeping Libertarians off November’s ballot.