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U.S. District Court grants ballot access to third-party political groups previously denied by House Bill 114

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge William C. Bertelsman granted a temporary injunction to ensure that libertarians, independents, political groups and organizations have access to the ballot in upcoming elections.

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Elections in the Commonwealth of Kentucky were thrown into chaos with the passage of House Bill 114 (HB 114), failed legislation pushed by the Republican majority, on March 19.

Among numerous things that the legislation dismantled in Kentucky’s election process was the General Assembly overlooking the prevention of ballot access to libertarians, independents, political groups and organizations.

“This was the right decision by the Court. I appreciate Judge Bertelsman recognizing the harm which HB 114, a rash and reckless election law, is already having on our elections process,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “I am grateful that despite the will of the Republican controlled legislature, libertarians, independents, political groups and organizations will have access to this year’s ballot. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure integrity and due process for all in our elections.”

The full ruling can be found here.

From Secretary of State

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