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Constitution, Green parties again file lawsuit against Tennessee

October 12th, 2013 7:33 pm by Hank Hayes

Constitution,  Green parties  again file lawsuit against   Tennessee

Tennessee’s Green and Constitution political parties have again filed a federal court lawsuit against the state for the right to put their candidates on a statewide ballot.

The suit lists Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and state Elections Coordinator Mark Goins as defendants.

“No, I’m sorry, but we don’t comment on potential or pending litigation,” their spokesman, Blake Fontenay, said in an email.

Last year, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Tennessee’s ballot access law for newly qualified political parties and ordered the state to put Green and Constitution candidates on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.

They were listed statewide as “minor party candidates” for the general election ballot.

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