Third Circuit Expedites Virgin Islands Ballot Access Case

On July 18, the Third Circuit expedited Coffelt v Fawkes, 14-3280. Two of the three briefs have now been filed. The issue is whether members of qualified parties can use the independent candidate procedure. Virgin Islands elects Governor and Lieutenant Governor on a joint ticket. Independent gubernatorial candidate Soraya Coffelt is an independent, but her Lieutenant Governor running mate, John Canegata, is a registered Republican. The lower court kept the ticket off the ballot.

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