Utah state elections officials have determined that the Justice Party petition for ballot access has enough valid signatures. This is the first Justice Party petition drive that has succeeded. The Justice Party is also qualified in Mississippi, but Mississippi doesn’t require petitions for party ballot access, just organization.
The Justice Party’s Hawaii petition fell short, but the party is thinking about filing a lawsuit to overturn the February 23 petition deadline. In 1986, when the Hawaii petition deadline for new parties was 150 days before the primary, a U.S. District Court issued an injunction against that deadline on the grounds that it was unconstitutionally early. In the years since then, the Hawaii legislature moved the petition deadline even earlier, to 170 days before the primary.
Utah still hasn’t finished checking the Green Party petition.