On August 20, two Republicans filed lawsuits against Kentucky elections officials, and two minor party congressional candidates, alleging that the ballot access petitions for the two candidates don’t really have enough valid signatures. The two plaintiffs are David Caldwell, who says he is a Republican voter, and Cordell Lawrence, vice-chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party.
The two candidates are Edward A. Martin, a Libertarian; and Michael Hansen, a member of the Constitution Party who is using the ballot label “independent.” They are both running for U.S. House in the 3rd district. They are the only two minor party or independent candidates for Congress in Kentucky this year. Kentucky is one of five states with no statewide minor party or independent candidates (the only statewide race is U.S. Senate).
One of the cases is Caldwell v Martin, 10-ci-05867, in Jefferson Circuit Court. The case will be heard August 30.