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Idaho Ballot Access|Law Challenged

BOISE (CN) - Idaho unconstitutionally threatens non-residents who circulate petitions for independent presidential candidates with 2 years in prison for a felony, a citizen claims in Federal Court.

Donald Daien also claims the state sets the bar far higher for independent presidential candidates than for candidates for any other office.

Independent candidates for the presidency need signatures of 1% of the voters in the previous presidential election to get on the ballot. Daien claims that is nearly 6 times higher than the requirement for any other office, and he says the felony provision is outrageous. He claims Idaho's law violates the 1st and 14th Amendments.

He is represented by Robert Barnes of The Bernhoft Law Firm of Milwaukee, Wisc.

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