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US Supreme Court denies request in Ohio Libertarians' access case; Earl to remain off ballot

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, May 5, 2014 6:21 PM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio


The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Libertarian Party of Ohio its chance to get a gubernatorial candidate on the ballot for Tuesday's primary.

Ohio's elections chief disqualified that candidate, Charlie Earl, after his nominating petitions were challenged. Secretary of State Jon Husted agreed with a hearing officer who found that two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers.

Libertarians sued, arguing Husted's decision was unconstitutional and conflicted with prior rulings of the office, but lost an appeal last week.

The party took that decision to the high court where Justice Elena Kagan rejected their request. The party refiled with Justice Clarence Thomas who referred it to the full court, where it was denied Monday.

The party's attorney says he will seek a rehearing in federal appeals court.










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