Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson is suing Michigan’s Secretary of State for not allowing him to be placed on the ballot in November. The state argues that the sore loser laws don’t allow primary candidates to appear in the general election ballot as a candidate from a different party, even though Johnson filed to withdraw from the GOP primary three minutes after the 4pm December 9th deadline.
The suit accuses the state of violating due process, equal protection, voting and other rights granted by the First and 14th Amendments. It also says Michigan has never before applied the sore loser law.
Johnson could be allowed to run as an independent if he gathers at least 30,000 valid signatures by July 19 – something Libertarians say is proof the existing law should not stand up in court.
Not allowing Johnson to run as a Libertarian but letting him try as an independent shows there is “scant state interest” in applying the sore loser law to presidential candidates, the suit says.
Gisgie Gendreau, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state, said while it would be premature to comment on the lawsuit itself, state law required that Johnson’s name not go on the November ballot.
Read the rest at MLive: Libertarian Gary Johnson sues Michigan for spot on ballot – missed deadline by 3 minutes
Gary Johnson is the former Governor of New Mexico and is currently running for President as the Libertarian Party nominee.