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Tennessee asks for stay of ruling on third parties

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential election, a legal battle is under way that will determine how many roadblocks minor political party candidates face when trying to get on election ballots in Tennessee.

Last month a federal court judge in Nashville said laws on the books violated the state constitution because they make it unreasonably hard for minor political party candidates to get their names on the ballot. The ruling was a victory for the Tennessee Green and Constitution parties, which filed a joint federal lawsuit against the state.

But their victory may be short lived.

The Johnson City Press http://bit.ly/xbGJV6 is reporting that lawyers for the state of Tennessee have asked for the court's orders to be put on hold while the state pursues an appeal.

 

Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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