On June 20, a Superior Court Judge in Maricopa County, Arizona, removed three Libertarians from the party’s primary ballot. They were all running for seats in the state legislature. Some Republican activists challenged their primary petitions, on the basis that some of the petition signers are registered independents.
Arizona elections officials had always believed that registered independents are free to sign any primary petitions, but the challengers argued that only registered Libertarians can sign a petition to place a Libertarian on the primary ballot. The judge agreed with the challengers. The party may or may not appeal. In any event, the three candidates are not allowed to be write-in candidates in the Libertarian primary for the same seats they had been running for, but every legislative district in Arizona always elects three legislators. The three Libertarians are free to be write-in candidates in the primary for one of the other legislative contests in that geographical area.