Victory and Ballot Access Updates

Victory and Ballot Access Updates

released by LNC on 06/30/2020

This month has seen several major decisions handed down by the Supreme Court that impact individual sovereignty, including the freedom from state discrimination based upon sexual orientation. This ruling was particularly celebratory as June is Pride Month.

For Libertarians, it is a foundational belief that all people must be equal in the eyes of the law. Until such a time that the state is drastically scaled back to its original functions, protections and provisions by the government must be applied equally.

Ballot Access Updates From June

On June 25, the Maine Libertarian Party asked U.S. District Court Judge Lance E. Walker to reconsider part of his ballot access ruling of June 11. Baines v Dunlap.

Last week, the Libertarian Party of Minnesota appealed its ballot access case, Minnesota v Choi, to the Eighth Circuit.

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Leitman ruled on June 11th that Michigan had to give some ballot access relief to initiative proponents, either a reduction in signatures, or a later deadline. The state of Michigan has appealed this decision.

We were recently informed that U.S. District Court Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. will hear Libertarian Party of Virginia v Virginia State Board of Elections on Monday, July 13, at 9 a.m. This is the lawsuit over ballot access relief for minor party and independent petitioning candidates, in connection with the health crisis.

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