Oct 17 2011

U.S. District Court Judge in Ohio Orders Secretary of State to Put Libertarian Party on 2012 Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

On October 17, U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley held a hearing in his chambers in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, and at the conclusion of the meeting, ordered the Ohio Secretary of State to put the Libertarian Party on the ballot in 2012.

Attorneys for Americans Elect, and for the Socialist Party, were present as observers, even though their parties were not parties to the case.

Judge Marbley had ruled on September 7 that the Ohio ballot access laws for new parties could not be enforced in 2012, but the Secretary of State had not then put the Libertarian Party on the ballot. Instead, all he did was write a letter to the legislature, asking the legislature to pass a new law. The legislature did not pass a new law, so the Libertarian Party had then obtained a new hearing, which has now been held. It is unclear whether the legislature will continue to appeal this case. Thanks to Kevin Knedler for this news.

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