Greens, ACLU sue vs. ballot exclusion

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06/28/06

A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday challenges Arkansas rules on third-party access to election ballots, arguing the state violates the Constitution by using different rules for independent candidates. The Green Party of Arkansas sued the state over its denial of signatures submitted to gain recognition in the Nov. 7 election. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, said the state unfairly uses a different standard for third parties than it does for independent candidates. ... The law requires third parties to submit the number of signatures equal to 3 percent of the total votes cast in the previous gubernatorial election. Independent candidates are only required to submit 10,000 valid voter signatures to get on the ballot...

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