A U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, will hold a status conference on December 4, Wednesday, in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted. This is the case on whether the new petition requirements passed by the legislature on November 6 can be used for the 2014 election. The party argues that due process does not permit addition of new, severe ballot access hurdles so late in the election season. The status conference will set deadlines for the briefs on each side, and it is likely that the deadlines will all be in December, so that the issue can be settled quickly.
On November 27, the Ohio Green Party, and the Ohio Constitution Party, filed a motion to intervene in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, southen district, 2:13cv-953. This is the lawsuit over whether the new definition of “political party” the legislature passed earlier this month can go into effect for the 2014 election. Here is the motion for intervention, which explains some of the problems for the two parties if the Court doesn’t grant relief.