(The following was originally published in the Rapid City Journal.)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday against the South Dakota Libertarian Party in an attempt to add its Public Utilities Commission candidate to the November general election ballot.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol heard arguments and concluded Secretary of State Jason Gant followed state law last week in declaring Ryan Gaddy, of Sioux Falls, ineligible to run for the office because he didn’t change his party affiliation from Republican in time to be nominated at the Libertarian convention.
“It seems to the court Secretary Gant had no alternative other than to deny the application,” Piersol said.