(The following was originally published in NPR.)
The lawsuit dates back to 2012, when Libertarian Party candidates challenged a trio of state election requirements, including the full slate law.
“If the Libertarian party, or the Green Party, or the Constitution Party, or any other new party would want to run for governor, they would also have to find a qualified candidates for Attorney General, and a candidate for Secretary of State, Comptroller, etc.,” Libertarian Party Chair Lex Green explains.
The same requirement applies for county-wide offices — but only for non-qualified parties. Democrats and Republicans need not run a whole slate; they’re free to run candidates for single statewide or county offices and have no one run for others.