Sep 30, 2010

TN: Ruling Means Libertarians, Greens, Pirates' Party Affiliations Will Appear on Ballot

From the Tennessean:
The state's Democrats and Republicans may soon be making way for Libertarians, Greens and, yes, perhaps even Pirates, after a federal judge in Nashville threw out the state's restrictions on placing party affiliations next to candidates' names on the ballot.

This comes as political outsiders nationwide have been finding success against establishment candidates. The state's minor parties won't have access to the ballot this year, but third parties say the ruling will raise the profile of their candidates and their platforms.

"This is a victory not just for our party, but for all Tennesseans," said Stephen Collings, a 5th Congressional district candidate who represents both the Libertarian Party and U.S. Pirate Party, which advocates international copyright reform.

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