Lawsuit Alleging Law Shuts Out Third Party Candidates Passes Crucial Hurdle

Jan 1, 2015

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A lawsuit pitting the Libertarian Party against the State of New Hampshire passed a crucial test this week. 

The lawsuit seeks to overturn a law passed in 2014 that gives third party candidates less time to collect the necessary signatures to run for Senate or Governor. 

That time limit makes it nearly impossible for third party candidates to run for those offices, alleges the Libertarian Party, which is being represented in this case by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner asked a judge to dismiss the case. But this week that judge denied the motion, ensuring the lawsuit will move forward. 

The NHCLU hopes the case will be decided in time for the 2016 election.