The Libertarian Party of Ohio is suing the state’s election chief over provisions of a new law that they say will keep them off the ballot.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Columbus, the party says parts of Ohio’s new election law are unconstitutional because they don’t give third parties enough time to collect signatures to get on the 2012 ballot.
Under the law, third parties would have until Feb. 8 to submit roughly 40,000 signatures to put candidates on the ballot. The Libertarian Party says this will kick two-thirds of Ohio’s political parties off the ballot. The group also wants the court to place the party on upcoming ballots without having to collect signatures.
Spokesman Matt McClellan says Secretary of State Jon Husted will implement whatever the court or General Assembly decides.