Gary Johnson campaign runs full-page ad in today’s New York Times calling for debate inclusion

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Richard Winger at Ballot Access News reports today: The September 14 New York Times print edition contains a full-page ad from the Gary Johnson-Bill Weld presidential campaign, …

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Get Involved in Ohio Libertarian Ballot Access Case – Richard Winger

On January 14, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in the Ohio Libertarian Party’s ballot access case. The part of the case put in front of the U.S. Supreme Court concerned whether the 2013 ballot access law violates the Ohio Constitution. The U.S. District Court is still considering the part of the case on whether the 2014 removal of the party’s gubernatorial nominee from the Libertarian primary ballot was unlawful.

Source: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Get Involved in Ohio Libertarian Ballot Access Case | Ballot Access News

Libertarian Candidate for Statewide Judicial Race Outpolls Democrat in Texas Bar Poll

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On February 14, the Texas Bar Association released a poll of its members, for the 2014 statewide partisan judicial races. Over one-eighth of all bar members participated in the poll. See this story, which has a link to the results.

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For Court of Criminal Appeals, place 3, the Libertarian, Mark W. Bennett, outpolled the Democratic candidate, John Granberg. Bennett is well-known in Texas, partly because of his blog “Defending People”. He is a Houston criminal defense lawyer, who was also a Libertarian nominee in 2012 for a statewide judicial race. In his 2012 race, in which his only opponent was a Republican, Bennett polled 22.1% of the vote. His 2012 vote total, 1,331,364, was the highest number of votes ever received by any Libertarian nominee for any office.

Read more via Ballot Access News – Texas Libertarian Candidate for Statewide Judicial Race Outpolls Democrat in Texas Bar Poll.

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U.S. District Court Rules that Ohio’s Minor Parties May Remain on the Ballot for 2014

On January 7, U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Watson ruled that due process requires that Ohio not implement its new ballot access barriers for minor parties for the 2014 election. The 28-page opinion depends on the fact that the Ohio legislature did not pass the new requirements until November 2013, after various candidates of the minor parties had already been circulating petitions to place themselves on their own party’s primary ballot. The case is Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, southern district, 2:13cv-953.

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The decision also depends on the fact that the new law doesn’t take effect until February 2014. The Republican majority in the legislature wanted the new requirements to take effect immediately, but the bill would have needed 60% in each House of the legislature to take effect immediately, and because some Republican legislators voted against the bill, the bill did not pass with 60% in the State House

Read more via Ballot Access News – U.S. District Court Rules that Ohio’s Minor Parties May Remain on the Ballot for 2014.

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Libertarians Fight For Ballot Access In Illinois

Ballot Access News had a great post recently on Libertarians in Illinois called “Illinois Libertarians File Final Brief in Case Challenging “Full Slate” Requirement” where the author, Richard Winger, had the following information:

On July 15, the Illinois Libertarian Party filed this final brief in U.S. District Court, in its lawsuit to overturn the unique Illinois law that requires newly-qualifying parties (but not other parties) to run a full slate of candidates. The state will then file a response and then the court will make a decision. Earlier in this same case, another U.S. District Court Judge already enjoined the requirement.

From the conclusion of the Libertarian Party brief:

The full-slate requirement violates plaintiffs’ rights to associate for the advancement of their political beliefs and to vote effectively, because it is unduly burdensome, wholly unnecessary, and does not serve any cognizable state interest. In particular, it subverts plaintiffs’ “constitutional right … to create and develop a new political party.” Norman v. Reed, 502 US. 279, 288 (1992). It also violates plaintiffs rights to equal protection, because it does not apply to established parties or to independent candidates. It fails the Anderson/Burdick test for determining the legitimacy of ballot access restrictions. It is unconstitutional because it does not survive any level of constitutional scrutiny on the continuum from rational basis analysis to strict scrutiny. For the foregoing reasons, Illinois’ full-slate requirement should be declared unconstitutional on its face and as applied to the plaintiffs in this case.

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