Libertarians want candidate on Michigan ballot
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Libertarian Party is pledging to appeal a court decision that keeps presidential candidate Gary Johnson off the state ballot.
Michigan election officials won't allow Johnson to run as the Libertarian candidate because he ran in the Republican presidential primary earlier this year and lost. State law doesn't allow a losing candidate to run in the general election for another political party.
Detroit federal Judge Paul Borman last week said the rights of the Libertarian Party haven't been violated. He says the party isn't barred from the ballot — just Johnson.
Johnson is the former governor of New Mexico. He faces ballot challenges in other states.