Libertarians' ballot access uncertain in battleground Ohio

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2016

The rise of "third" party candidates such as Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein has prompted the controversial Commission on Presidential Debates to issue a heads-up to this year's hosts that they might need a bigger stage.

A spokesperson said that once officials certify the placeholder petition, the petition committee, the placeholder candidates, and the Johnson and Weld campaign will file the paperwork finalizing the swap.

Mr. Eck said the secretary of state's office is looking into whether such a switch is possible.

It appears Earl, rather than Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico, could appear on the November 8 ballot without a party designation, presuming the campaign submitted the valid signatures of 5,000 registered voters. So which major party candidate is more likely to benefit from this scenario?

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"Any attempt by those same partisan hacks to characterize our petition efforts as anything but an attempt to give OH voters a Libertarian option is just further evidence of their ongoing campaign to disenfranchise OH voters and crush opposition parties", it adds. The Libertarian nominee wasn't on all state ballots in 2012, 2008 or 2004. No Republican has ever made it to the White House without winning the state. However, since the Libertarian Party lost its status as a minor party due to legislation pushed by the GOP-controlled Legislature, "Libertarian" will not be next to Johnson's name on the ballot. In Oklahoma, Libertarians are now a recognized political party allowing candidates to run at all levels without signatures drives. They've filed their paperwork to get on Ohio's ballot.

In national polls, Johnson is not that far away from clearing 15 percent in national polls.

Another independent candidate, Richard Duncan, a real estate agent and tavern owner from Aurora, Ohio, filed petitions this week to make a return appearance on Ohio's presidential ballot, this time with his vice presidential choice, Ricky Johnson of Sharon, Pa. Other surveys have found about 60 percent do not believe that either Clinton or Trump is honest and trustworthy.

Venues hosting the three presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as the single vice presidential showdown, have been told to add space for a third person, fueling the hopes of many Americans for a lively, open discussion about America's future.

In 2013, the Republican-controlled legislature raised the threshold for a minor party to initially qualify for a spot on the ballot. They maintain the law effectively eliminated all minor-party candidates from 2014 primary ballots and unfairly disadvantaged third parties going forward.

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