Tag Archives: Libertarian Party of South Dakota

Rapid City Journal: Judge Rules Against Libertarian in Ballot Lawsuit

(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.

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Fox News: South Dakota Libertarian Party Hopes to Prove Relevance

(The following was originally published in Fox News.)

The Libertarian Party in South Dakota is planning a state convention next month, with hopes of showing it is as relevant as the Democratic Party.

Democrats didn’t nominate candidates for three statewide offices — attorney general, auditor and public lands commissioner. Libertarians have the opportunity to be the only opposition to Republican candidates for those offices.

Augustana College political science professor Emily Wanless tells the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1p7gTVD ) that Libertarian candidates could get a lot of Democratic votes in those races.

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