Supreme Court shuts down Ohio Libertarians' ballot request
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The Supreme Court says Ohio’s Libertarian Party cannot list Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE and Bill Weld as its candidates on general presidential election ballots, according to a new report.

Johnson and Weld will instead appear as independents in the Buckeye State this November, The Washington Examiner said Monday.


The Examiner said the eight-person court struck down an emergency request from Ohio’s Libertarian Party late Monday.

Buckeye State libertarians first asked Associate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for a full-court vote last week, it said.

The Washington Examiner added that Ohio’s ballot template is due Tuesday, making it difficult for Johnson and Weld to receive Libertarian status by then.

Libertarian and independent candidates were forced into battling over the same ballot slot after the former lost its minor-party status, the newspaper continued. Ohio’s Libertarian Party has since lost in appeals court multiple times this summer before Monday’s Supreme Court move.

Reports emerged last week Johnson is appearing on the ballot in Ohio despite a mishap in which staffers left his name off the state’s filing paperwork.

Johnson aides purportedly listed placeholders instead of his name or Weld’s when submitting petitions for their addition.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said on Aug. 24 the campaign could swap names so long as it verified petition signatures.

Johnson and other independent candidates were required to submit 5,000 valid signatures from qualified Ohio voters to secure a spot on the state’s ballot.

Johnson, the Libertarian presidential nominee, and Weld, his running mate, have frequently said they offer an alternative to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE.

Clinton leads Trump, the GOP’s presidential nominee, by about 4 points in Ohio, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls there.

Clinton’s lead grows nationwide, however, with Trump trailing his Democratic counterpart by roughly 6 points in the same index.