Ohio Libertarian Party Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Evaluate 2013 Ballot Access Law

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On October 26, the Ohio Libertarian Party filed this cert petition in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, 16-580. It argues that the 2013 revision of the ballot access laws for newly-qualifying parties is unconstitutional. The case has two main issues: (1) whether it is unconstitutional for a state to provide a means for old established parties to obtain a list of their members, while denying this benefit to newly-qualifying parties; (2) whether the actors who caused the party to have no gubernatorial nominee in 2014 should be considered state agents.

This case is distinct from the party’s case in state court, which argues that the 2013 ballot access law violates the State Constitution.

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