Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Libertarian Party sues over early ballot filing deadline

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas said it has filed a federal lawsuit seeking more time to nominate candidates for the 2016 election.

The state legislature this year moved filing to Nov. 2-9, a year ahead of the election, so the primary could be helped in March to help Republican presidential primary candidates. The party complained this requires it to have its final candidates ready even before the major political parties begin their presidential candidate selection process.

In a release, James Linger, attorney for the party, said, “It is hard for me to understand what compelling state interest Arkansas would have in having the nominees of minor parties chosen so far in advance of the general election and significantly earlier than the date for picking the nominees of the major parties.”

The Libertarian Party qualified for a spot on the ballot by a petition drive completed in June.

The party will hold a nominating convention Oct. 24 at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock to nominate candidates for Congress, state legislature and other offices.

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