UPDATE: Ohio Elections Chief Appeals In Minor Parties Suit

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/10/2014 4:40 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief appealed a federal judge's decision to block newly imposed limits on ballot access for minor parties.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson's injunction issued Tuesday was widely viewed as increasing the chances that Republican Gov. John Kasich will face a third-party opponent in this fall's election.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and the state appealed Friday. Spokesman Matt McClellan says Husted seeks to clarify how Watson wants him to proceed. Watson called for reverting to third-party rules set by a 2013 Husted directive, but that directive expired.

Watson's ruling was a victory for Ohio Libertarians, who challenged the constitutionality of a law establishing criteria for qualifying as a political party and maintaining ballot status. Ohio's old rules were found unconstitutional in 2006.

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UPDATE 1/7/2014 3:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge blocked newly imposed Ohio limits to ballot access for minor parties.

A preliminary injunction issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Michael Watson increases the chances that Republican Gov. John Kasich will face a third-party challenger as he seeks re-election this fall.

Watson's ruling comes in a constitutional challenge filed by the Libertarian Party of Ohio to a law that opponents call "The John Kasich Re-election Protection Act." The law signed in November established what qualifies as a political party and what percentage of the vote must be won to maintain that status.

No minor party operating in the state gained the percentage of votes in the last election that the law would have required to remain a qualified party for the May primary.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Libertarians in political battleground Ohio are challenging the constitutionality of new ballot access rules for minor political parties.

The party argues in a filing Friday in U.S. District Court in Columbus that a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. John Kasich unconstitutionally strips them of a primary.

Capital University law professor Mark R. Brown represents the plaintiffs. He said Friday's complaint relates to a suit filed last month against Ohio's elections chief.

The filing also challenges other aspects of the new law, which established what qualifies as a political party and what percentage of the vote must be won to maintain that status.

The new party rules came as Ohio Republicans face increased competition from tea party supporters who have threatened to back a third-party challenger to Kasich next year.

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