Ohioans won’t see Libertarians listed on their fall ballots


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters in swing state Ohio won’t see candidates labeled as Libertarians on their fall ballots.

A spokesman for the state’s Libertarian Party says the group lacked the money, time and resources needed to collect the roughly 30,600 signatures required to form a minor political party in Ohio.

Tuesday was the deadline to submit paperwork to Ohio’s elections chief to be recognized as a minor political party, and the office said no new groups did so.

A spokesman for the Ohio Libertarians says they are working to get the party’s presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, on Ohio’s ballot as an independent. Spokesman Aaron Keith Harris says they must collect at least 5,000 signatures from registered voters.

The Green Party already has minor-party status after meeting the state’s criteria in the 2014 election.

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