The Hawaii Attorney General has prepared a formal opinion that improves ballot access for the presidential nominees of unqualified parties. The opinion says that when an unqualified party uses the independent presidential petition procedure, the party label should be printed on the ballot, instead of just “non-partisan.”
The Hawaii independent presidential petition procedure has a September deadline, one of the latest deadlines of any state. Therefore, as a result of the decision, it can be said that Hawaii has a September petition deadline for unqualified parties to appear on the ballot, but for president and vice-president only.
As a result, Alabama now has the nation’s earliest petition deadline for a new or previously unqualified to qualify for the presidential ballot with the party label. This fact will be helpful to the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties in their ongoing litigation against that Alabama March petition deadline. The case is pending in the Eleventh Circuit.