The US Court of Appeals, 6th circuit, will hear Libertarian Party of Ohio v Blackwell on September 14, 2005. The issues are (1) whether a state can require a group to qualify as a party an entire year before the election; (2) whether the state can change the petition format slightly after a party is already circulating the petition, and then reject that petition because the form had been changed while the petition was circulating.
On September 23, the 6th circuit will hear Lawrence v Blackwell, the challenge to the state’s deadline for independent candidates (for office other than president). In 2004 that deadline was March 1. The case was brought by a Socialist Equality Party candidate for congress.