Appeals court hears Libertarian Party challenge to NH law
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has heard arguments in a lawsuit by the Libertarian Party seeking to strike down a New Hampshire law that it contends could prevent third-party candidates from getting on the ballot.
The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire is challenging a 2014 law requiring a third party to collect necessary signatures in the same year as the election to get on the ballot.
A lawyer for the party told a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday that the law is an "unconstitutional infringement" on third parties' ability to get candidates on the ballot.
A lawyer for the New Hampshire attorney general's office urged the court to uphold the law, saying it provides ample time to collect signatures.
The court didn't immediately rule.