Arizona judge rules No Labels can stop people from running under its banner

A federal judge in Arizona on Tuesday ruled that the third-party group No Labels can block people running for state office from attaching their name to the party’s banner without approval.

Judge John Tuchi ruled that No Labels is protected by the First Amendment and can determine whom it wants to associate with. However, critics of the ruling have countered that other parties cannot dictate who runs using their names and that it could set a dangerous precedent.

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

The ruling comes as the party attempts to get itself on the ballot in every state and Washington, D.C., but it has only succeeded in around 11
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