On October 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Martin v Moore, 17-156. This is the case in which the Eighth Circuit had said the March petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidate petitions is too early, unless the state of Arkansas can demonstrate that the deadline is essential for the state to have enough time to check the validity of such petitions.
Arkansas state officials had then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Eighth Circuit, and uphold the March petition deadline. Arkansas’ main argument in the U.S. Supreme Court had been that the plaintiff-candidate, Mark Moore, had not tried to petition and therefore he doesn’t have standing.
It will be interesting to see if the state now returns to the U.S. District Court and tries to prove that it can’t check the signatures unless they are submitted by March, or whether the state just gives up on the case. The Arkansas legislature is not in session but it will be in January 2018.