Libertarians Challenge Ballot Access Law

The Libertarian Party of Tennessee has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging Tennessee’s ballot access law. According to the complaint, Daniel T. Lewis, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Governor in the Nov. 7 general election, had to be identified as an Independent due to state laws requiring non-recognized minor political parties to petition for statewide status. The suit claims the requirements set an unconstitutionally early deadline, number of petition signatures and limited time for petitioning so as to force a candidate in a general election to file as an independent, because of its significantly lower requirements.