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Libertarian PUC Candidate Won't Be On SD Ballot

August 28, 2014, 12:15 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Libertarian PUC Candidate Won't Be On SD Ballot
Ryan Gaddy

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A federal judge says a Libertarian candidate will not be allowed on South Dakota's November ballot.

Ryan Gaddy can't run for the Public Utilities Commission because he didn't register as a Libertarian in time.
  
Gaddy filled out a card to change his registration from Republican to Libertarian on the day he was nominated to run for the Public Utilities Commission as a Libertarian.   The convention was Saturday but Gaddy's card didn't get mailed in until Monday and the card wasn't received until four days after the convention.

Secretary of State Jason Gant says Gaddy can't run because state law says you have to be registered with the political party at the time you are nominated to run for that party.

A federal judge sided with Gant Thursday morning but Gaddy still thinks he should have been allowed on the ballot.

"We were coming together as a group of people that are like minded and as everyone knows around here I am a loud and proud marijuana activist. A lot of my personal beliefs fall into the Libertarian planks. There should be no question. Was I a real Libertarian? Yes, I am," Gaddy said.

Gaddy says he still plans to support all the Libertarian candidates who will be on the ballot this November and he says he plans to run for office again in the future.

This decision was the last one Gant was waiting for to start printing the November ballots.  Gant says they will start printing Thursday afternoon.

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