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Georgia Libertarian Party Wins Appeal Over Lack of Ballot Access

June 3, 2020, 7:40 PM

A lower court should have considered the constitutionality of Georgia’s ballot-access requirements before granting summary judgment to the state in a lawsuit filed by members of the Libertarian Party, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday.

The Libertarian Party of Georgia, prospective Libertarian candidates for Congress, and individual voters say the state’s requirements violate their associational and equal protection rights under the First and 14th Amendments.

Under the current rules, the party would need to gather more than 321,000 valid signatures in order to run a full set of congressional candidates. No third-party congressional candidate has ever landed on the ballot through...

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