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Libertarians Trying To Get Party Affiliation On Ohio Ballots

Jul 6, 2018

Libertarian Party of Ohio turn in petitions to ultimately put Gary Johnson on the ballot as their presidential nominee.
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After failing to qualify candidates for the state ballot in the last two election cycles, Libertarians have submitted more than 100 thousand petition signatures to put the party designation back on the ballot. 

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports. 


After the Republican-controlled legislature changed ballot access laws in 2013, the Libertarian Party of Ohio lost itsminor party status and could no longer have nominees appear on the ballot with their party name attached.

 

Spokesperson David Jackson says having that party name on the ballot is vital.

Jackson: “So you wouldn’t know ‘are they trying to challenge one of the dominant candidates? Are they affiliated with somebody? Do they have a platform?’”

 

The group fought for their party status when their presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, earned more than 3% of the vote in 2016. However, the Supreme Court ruled that, because Johnson was listed as an independent on the ballot, it did not qualify.