Court Tosses Ohio Libertarians’ Latest Play For More Access

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Representatives of minor political parties in Ohio are conferring on whether to appeal after suffering their latest blow in a legal battle for more visibility and access in state elections.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati late Wednesday upheld a lower court’s finding against the Libertarian Party of Ohio upholding the structure of the Ohio Elections Commission as constitutional.

The seven-member board consists of three members of each major party and one who’s unaffiliated.

Libertarians argued that structure sets up an unconstitutional condition on its members’ full participation in Ohio’s political community.

The court disagreed.