SIOUX FALLS - A federal judge has ruled against the South Dakota Libertarian Party's attempt to get its Public Utilities Commission candidate on the November general election ballot.
Secretary of State Jason Gant last week ruled Ryan Gaddy ineligible to run for the office, saying Gaddy didn't change his party affiliation from Republican in time to be nominated by the Libertarians, which state law requires.
Gaddy and the Libertarian Party sued in federal court, arguing the law is unconstitutional and that not putting Gaddy on the ballot infringes on his and the party's rights.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol heard arguments Thursday in Sioux Falls and concluded Gant's reading of the law was correct and the law itself is constitutional.
The ruling allows Gant to start printing ballots for the Nov. 4 election.
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