RFK Jr. Qualifies For Utah Ballot After Lawsuit
Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. cleared Utah’s hurdle for gathering enough valid signatures to qualify for the state’s ballot in 2024.
Kennedy previously filed suit against Utah’s early deadline to have signatures submitted by Jan. 8. His attorney said the state requirement is an illegal burden on independent candidates.
The lawsuit declared that the looming deadline is the earliest forced upon independent presidential candidates in the modern election era. It added that no court has upheld such an early cutoff date.
Kennedy’s position on the presidential ballot will officially be secured when he files the mandated 1,000 signatures. He is the beneficiary of a super PAC’s outlay of millions to ensure his position in ten other states.
Addressing CBS News, campaign press secretary Stefanie Spear explained that the Kennedy camp “will be announcing Jan. 3 our ballot access status in Utah at a press conference.”
Robert Kennedy Jr. has officially gotten on the ballot in his first state before the New Year has even begun.
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His campaign confirmed his plan to be in Salt Lake City for the occasion. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube and is set for 11 a.m. at the Utah State Capitol.
Kennedy’s website said he “will address the campaign’s plans to get him on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. He will be joined by dozens of volunteers from across Utah who helped with signature gathering.”
Kennedy previously called the state’s early deadline “unconstitutional.” The Constitution does not establish a deadline for qualification but leaves that determination up to the states.
The independent candidate sued Utah Lt. Gov. Diedre Henderson (R) in December over the issue. The filing called the cutoff date “a severe violation of rights guaranteed under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”
The date was nearly two months ahead of the next nearest state, North Carolina, which is set for March 5.
The son of a political legend began his campaign as a Democratic challenger to incumbent President Joe Biden. But he encountered stiff resistance from party elites and moved to mount an independent run for the White House.