Libertarians Win Historic Court Case Putting Partisan LP Tennessee Candidates On Ballot





” Represented by Oklahoma Libertarian attorney Jim Linger, the Tennessee Libertarian Party (LPTN) and state chair Jim Tomasik won their case for ballot access in federal court on Oct. 31.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ordered election officials to list Tomasik as a Libertarian on the ballot for the Nov. 21 special election for state house, rather than as an independent.

Federal Judge William J. Haynes had already ruled provisions of Tennessee’s ballot access law unconstitutional in February 2012 in response to a joint suit by the Green Party and Constitution Party, a decision that the state is appealing.

The law put Democratic and Republican candidates on the ballot automatically, while minor-party candidates were required to meet standards set so high that they were effectively forced to run as independents.

To gain state ballot access, third parties were required to submit roughly 40,000 signatures, all gathered by members of their own party and within tight deadlines. Tomasik maintains that even the majority parties would not be able to satisfy such prohibitive requirements.”


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