Federal appeals court rejects Ohio Libertarians’ challenge


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court rejected a challenge from Ohio Libertarians in a long-running dispute over the party’s ballot access.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio sued Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted), alleging a member of his staff and others were part of a scheme to selectively enforce the state’s election law in violation of the Libertarians’ constitutional rights.

The party also claimed Ohio’s rules for minor political parties violate its equal protection rights by denying Libertarians the chance to participate in a primary election.

The three-judge panel on Friday affirmed a lower court’s ruling, saying the party was not severely burdened by the law’s requirements.

The Libertarians’ attorney says he’s discussing with clients how to proceed.

Husted spokesman Josh Eck said it was time to stop wasting taxpayers’ money.

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