Judge Upholds Keeping Two Libertarian Candidates Off The Ballot

Mar 21, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Earl
Credit Libertarian Party of Ohio


A federal judge has sided with Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's decision to throw two Libertarian candidates off the ballot.

Husted had ruled the petition signatures submitted by gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary were invalid, because the paid gatherers failed to disclose their employers. The Libertarian Party of Ohio has filed an appeal, and while Earl supports the move, he tells Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler he's not optimistic about the outcome.

The federal judge says it is obvious Republicans were involved because of concerns Earl and Linnabary could siphon votes from GOP incumbents John Kasich and Mike DeWine.