Court denies request to list Johnson as Libertarian in Ohio

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson at the Libertarian Convention in Orlando, Florida, on Friday. (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson will appear on the ballot but without his party’s affiliation in swing-state Ohio.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an emergency request from Ohio Libertarians seeking to have their top-of-the-ticket contender listed with the party’s label.

Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, are set to appear on Ohio ballots without any political affiliation.

Libertarians aren’t recognized as a political party in the state, though activists collected enough signatures to get Johnson on the ballot by way of a process for independent candidates.

The ruling is the latest in a long-running dispute over Ohio’s rules for minor political parties.

The Republican-led state legislature passed tougher party rules in 2013, as the GOP faced competition from the tea party.

Libertarians have fought the changes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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