COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Libertarians have seen another legal defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court in their fight to get their governor’s candidate on the ballot.
Justice Clarence Thomas has denied the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s request to block a federal court’s decision keeping candidate Charlie Earl from Tuesday’s primary ballots. Justice Elena Kagan earlier denied the request.
Mark Brown, the party’s attorney, says the decision means Earl will remain off Tuesday’s ballots. He plans to seek a rehearing in Cincinnati federal appeals court.
Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) disqualified Earl after his nominating petitions were challenged. Husted agreed with a hearing officer who found that two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers.
Libertarians argue that requiring petitioners to declare their employers is a violation of their First Amendment rights.