Federal Court Won’t Rehear Ohio Libertarian’s Case

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A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has declined to rehear an appeal by the Libertarian Party of Ohio seeking ballot access for a gubernatorial candidate.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision appears to end candidate Charlie Earl's legal options.

Ohio elections chief Jon Husted disqualified Earl after a hearing officer found two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers on nominating petitions.

Libertarians sued, arguing Husted's decision was unconstitutional and conflicted with prior rulings of the office. Their first appeal was rejected by a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit, then turned back by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The party's request to be heard by the full 6th Circuit was declined Wednesday.

Earl's candidacy could have drawn votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich in November.