Ohio elections chief, voter prevail in Libertarian challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has delivered a legal victory to Ohio’s elections chief and a voter sued by Libertarians for their roles in disqualifying the party’s gubernatorial candidate from 2014 fall ballots.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio sued Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) and voter Greg Felsoci (fehl-SOH’-see), alleging they conspired to selectively enforce Ohio election law to help Republican Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-sik’s) re-election bid. The lawsuit alleged that would violate constitutional rights under the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause.

U.S. District Judge Michael Watson on Friday said the party failed to prove any conspiracy when Husted disqualified Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl for petition violations.

Husted said after two years it’s time to put the case to rest. The party’s response to the decision wasn’t immediately known.

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