Libertarian Party of Ohio

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, left, and Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine wave to the crowd before a debate at Marietta College on Monday.
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Ohio election regulators have dismissed without discussion two minor parties' complaints over access to a series of 2018 gubernatorial debates.

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Winners from the November election have been moving ahead toward the offices they’ll occupy in January. But the Ohio Green Party is prepared to lose a lot when the vote is certified next month.

The Green Party and the Libertarian Party of Ohio appear to be on the verge of no longer being recognized as minor parties, based on the results of last week’s vote and a state law from 2013.

Travis Irvine
Travis Irvine

The Libertarian Party of Ohio says Libertarian and Green Party candidates are being unfairly excluded from gubernatorial debates.

Travis Irvine
Travis Irvine

Restored to minor party status in Ohio, the Libertarian Party has picked its statewide ballot for November’s elections.

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The Libertarian Party may have regained minor party status in Ohio, but its candidate for the 12th congressional district won't be appearing on the ballot.

Second O'Connor Could Join Ohio's 12th District Race

Jul 20, 2018
Matthew Brendan O'Connor

A second candidate with the last name O'Connor could soon be running for an open congressional seat in Ohio. reports that a party spokesman says Matthew Brendan O'Connor is preparing to run for Ohio's 12th congressional district as a Libertarian.

Group of Libertarians arrive at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to deliver petitions to put Charlie Earl on the ballot as a presidential nominee. Earl would then be swapped out for Gary Johnson.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

The Libertarian Party of Ohio has officially regained “minor party” status in the state.

Federal Judge: Ohio 3rd-Party Ballot Rules Constitutional

Mar 16, 2015
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Libertarian Party of Ohio

  A federal judge says ballot access limits imposed last year on minor parties in political battleground Ohio don’t violate the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson’s decision Monday is the latest blow to challengers of a 2013 law that set new, stiffer criteria for minor political parties to qualify for and maintain access to Ohio’s ballot.

Watson said a side party in the case, the American Civil Liberties Union, couldn’t demonstrate that denying access to primary ballots poses a severe burden on third parties without “compelling state interest.”