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Ohio Greens get enough votes to stay on the ballot, for now

Cleveland Plain Dealer:

By getting [3.3%] percent of the vote, [Green Party gubernatorial candidate Anita Rios of Toledo] has guaranteed the Greens will remain a recognized minor party in Ohio for the next four years.

Of course, the legacy parties raised the hurdle:

It will also get more difficult for the Greens to keep their recognition in the future: starting in 2016, minor parties will need to win at least 3 percent of the latest presidential or gubernatorial vote to keep state recognition.

It's unclear whether Ohio's current minor-party rules, passed last November by the GOP-controlled legislature, will remain permanently in effect, as the Libertarian Party of Ohio is challenging the new law in federal court.

People ask whether Greens and libertarians can ever co-operate on anything. One very obvious thing is ballot access. I assume -- well, I hope -- that the Greens have filed an amicus curiae brief in this case.