Ohio Libertarian Party Files Lawsuit Against New Residency Requirement for Petitioners

On September 25, the Ohio Libertarian Party filed a lawsuit in federal court against the 2013 law that again makes it illegal for out-of-state circulators to collect signatures for candidates. The case is Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, 2:13-cv-953. Although the party is on the ballot, its candidates still must obtain petitions to get themselves on the primary ballot. Statewide candidates need 500 valid signatures of voters who didn’t vote in a partisan primary in the previous election, so these candidate petitions are not necessarily easy.

As already noted, on September 20, a lawsuit was filed in federal court against Ohio’s 2013 law that makes it illegal for out-of-state circulators to work on initiative petitions. That case is Citizens in Charge v Husted. That case has a hearing on October 3, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Between 2008 and 2013, Ohio permitted out-of-state circulators, but in 2013 the legislature banned them again, for all petitions except independent presidential petitions.

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