From the Concord Monitor:
Efforts by the Libertarian Party to win back its official listing on New Hampshire ballots received a setback Thursday when a federal judge upheld a 2014 state law that puts a time limit on the period during which the party can gather the thousands of necessary supporting signatures.
The law in question, HB 1542, “prescribes a reasonable and nondiscriminatory ballot-access restriction that is justified by the state’s interest in requiring political parties to demonstrate a sufficient level of support,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro in a decision,which rejects a challenge to the law filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.
The law says the signatures needed to be listed as an official party on state ballots cannot be collected before Jan. 1 of the election year. This means the Libertarian Party – or any other party – must collect at least 15,000 signatures of registered voters within about seven months, before party primaries on the second Tuesday of September, to be listed officially on the 2016 state ballot.