On December 20, a U.S. District Court Magistrate in Brooklyn, New York, heard oral arguments in Credico v New York State Board of Elections, 1:10cv-4555. The issue is a discriminatory law that lets two qualified parties jointly nominate the same candidate and puts such a candidate on the ballot twice; yet when two unqualified parties jointly nominate the same candidate, the candidate can only appear on the ballot once, with both party labels squeezed into the tiny space next to his or her name.
This case arose in 2010, when both the Libertarian Party, and the Anti-Prohibition Party, nominated Randy Credico for U.S. Senate. The state refused to list him twice. The oral argument lasted almost an hour. The state focuses mostly on procedural issues, rather than defending the substance of the law.