U.S. District Court Strikes Down Arkansas Law Requiring New Parties to Nominate Candidates a Year Before the General Election

ImageOn July 15, a U.S. District Court judge struck down a law requiring new political parties in Arkansas to nominate their candidates a year before the general election.

Even though the Arkansas LP did nominate 17 candidates for the 2016 general election, the order from the judge said, “The Secretary of State has not articulated any valid interest in requiring the Libertarian Party of Arkansas, or any new political party, to nominate their candidates by a convention which must take place before the primary. Even though the Court finds the Libertarian Party’s burden to be minor, there is no interest, regulatory or otherwise, to justify this restriction by the State.”

Click here to read the full article on Ballot Access News.

Click here to read an article on this issue in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.