On May 17, the Plaintiffs’ Reply brief was filed in the Califoria ballot access case. The case challenges the California January deadline for newly-qualifying parties. The hearing is Monday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m., in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The hearing will determine whether the Justice Party and the Constitution Party (and any others) may continue to obtain new party registrations in their attempt to get on the ballot this year. Without any relief, they are far too late to get on the 2012 ballot. The case is California Justice Committee and Constitution Party of California v Bowen, 2:12cv-3956.
The state argues the two parties are far too small to qualify, even if they do get more time. But the Natural Law Party only had 634 registrants in February 1995, and it still managed to qualify in California by September 1995. The Reform Party also managed to qualify in September 1995, even though it had started its registration drive only three weeks before the deadline.
The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles is at 312 N. Spring Street, near Temple Street. The hearing is in Courtroom 15.