Arkansas Ballot Access Case Begins to Progress

Back on February 6, 2014, several independent candidates filed a lawsuit against the petition deadline for independent candidates. The case has been inactive, but now U.S. District Court Judge James M. Moody has set a conference on the case for July 15, and a possible trial on July 27. The case is Moore v Martin, eastern district, 4:14cv-65.

The Arkansas petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates is March 3. It had been in May, but the 2013 session of the legislature moved it to March, even though similar independent candidate petition deadlines in Arkansas had been held unconstitutional three times before, in 1974, 1976, and 1988. The 1976 decision was summarily affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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