On February 11, attorneys for Ohio state government said they will drop their appeal of the January 7, 2014 order of a U.S. District Court that put Ohio’s minor parties on the 2014 ballot. When the state had appealed that court order to the Sixth Circuit, the state had also asked for expedited handling, but the Sixth Circuit had then refused to expedite the case. That seemed to be a clue that the Sixth Circuit agreed with the U.S. District Court.
The case, Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, will undergo further action in the future, over whether the new ballot access law passed late in 2013 is constitutional for elections in years beyond 2014. But it is now settled that the new ballot access restrictions will not interfere with the 2014 election.