Gary Johnson sues Michigan for spot on ballot - missed deadline by 3 minutesSubmitted by SteveMT on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 12:15
Libertarian Gary Johnson sues Michigan for spot on ballot - missed deadline by 3 minutes
Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7:00 AM
ANN ARBOR, MI - Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson sued Michigan's secretary of state on Monday, demanding a spot on the November ballot after apparently missing a deadline to withdraw as a Republican by just three minutes.
Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, sought the GOP nomination for president last year before later announcing his Libertarian bid in December. State election officials notified him that his name would appear on the February presidential primary ballot unless he withdrew.
He missed a 4 p.m. Dec. 9 deadline by three minutes, according to a lawsuit filed against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, a Republican, in the Detroit federal courthouse. Under state law, losing the GOP primary disqualified him from running with a party affiliation in the general election.