Connecticut Concedes that Out-of-State Petitioner Ban is Unconstitutional for General Election Petitions and Presidential Primary Petitions


On August 9, attorneys for Connecticut settled two federal lawsuits over the state’s ban on out-of-state petitioners. The state agreed that the ban is unconstitutional for general election candidate petitions, and also petitions to get someone on a presidential primary ballot. The two cases are Libertarian Party of Connecticut v Merrill, 3:15cv-1851, and Wilmoth v Merrill, 3:16cv-223.

The state still bans out-of-state circulators for petitions to get someone on a non-presidential primary. Thanks to Dan Barrett of the Connecticut ACLU for this news.