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Judge Says No Labels Can Block Candidates From Running For Offices Other Than President In Arizona

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A federal judge ruled that No Labels, a group considering a third-party presidential campaign, can prevent members from using its ballot line to run for office in Arizona, protecting the group’s control and financial secrecy.

The decision has sparked concerns among Trump critics who fear that No Labels might divert voters who would otherwise support President Joe Biden, potentially aiding Trump’s return to the White House.

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, a Democrat, plans to appeal the ruling, arguing that it could disenfranchise nearly 19,000 registered Arizona voters.

“This current decision will disenfranchise almost 19,000 registered Arizona voters, and if it stands, it could potentially derail the entire candidate nomination process,” Fontes said.

“Our ballot line cannot be hijacked. Our movement will not be stopped,” Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. said.

No Labels officials hailed the ruling as a defense of their constitutional rights, emphasizing that their movement will continue.

“There’s a lot of people in the various parties that the parties don’t want them to run, and that’s always been true,” No Labels member Richard Grayson said.

The decision could also affect the group’s campaign finance disclosure requirements.

The judge’s ruling is based on No Labels’ First Amendment right to determine its associations, despite Fontes’ argument that he’s obligated to accept filings from candidates.

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