On September 12, U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney, who is hearing the new Michigan Libertarian Party presidential ballot access case, asked the Secretary of State to respond to the party’s lawsuit by 5 p.m. on September 12. If anyone wants to intervene, the intervenors must file a brief by noon, Thursday, September 13.
Judge Maloney also asked the Secretary of State to specify in her brief whether she will be printing ballots while the case is pending. He set a hearing date of Tuesday, September 18. If the Secretary of State responds that ballot printing will begin earlier than that, it is conceivable that the hearing date will be moved to an earlier day.
The new Libertarian case asks that, assuming the 6th circuit doesn’t put former Governor Johnson on the ballot, that the state print Gary E. Johnson of Austin, Texas, on the ballot. The case is Gelineau v Ruth Johnson. The lead plaintiff is a Libertarian candidate for presidential elector.