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Federal Judge Rules Against Oklahoma Libertarians (Mar 20, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Libertarian Party has suffered a legal setback in its attempt to get their presidential candidate on the November ballot in Oklahoma.

A federal judge on Monday denied a request by the Oklahoma Libertarian Party for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented state election board officials from enforcing new election laws.

The Libertarians wanted the judge to give them more time to gather signatures - or to reduce the number of signatures they're required to collect - to put their presidential candidate on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

A new election law that moved up the filing period and primary election dates cut short the amount of time political parties have to gather signatures to put their candidates on the ballot. The Libertarians maintain the law is unconstitutional.

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