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Three small parties lose appeal against 3% rule

AP reports: A federal appeals court has upheld Alabama's ballot access law that was challenged by third-party presidential candidates trying to get their names before voters in 2012.

The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the decision of a trial court dismissing the lawsuit.

Alabama requires third-party candidates to collect signatures equal to 3 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election in order to be listed on the ballot with their party affiliation. Candidates had to collect 44,828 signatures in 2012. -- Alabama Libertarians, Green Party and Constitution Party suffer setback in ballot access fight | AL.com

NOTE: A copy of the opinion is here
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