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The Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 2024 independent presidential campaign announced on Thursday afternoon that it won a major victory in its Utah ballot access lawsuit.
Utah Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson agreed to move Utah's unconstitutional ballot access deadline from January 8, 2024 to March 5, 2024, giving the Kennedy campaign nearly an extra two months to get all the signatures it needs.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said in a press release from his campaign, "In a democracy, the people are supposed to decide with their votes who gets into office. Not state officials who prevent popular candidates from getting on the ballot."
Paul Rossi is the Kennedy campaign's national ballot access legal counsel, and he said in a statement, "I am pleased that Lt. Governor Henderson had the courage to correct the wrong committed by the state legislature in their intentional assault on the constitutional right of Utah voters to cast their vote for Mr. Kennedy in 2024.
This agreement was a result of Kennedy's motion filed in the U.S. District Court "to enjoin the unconstitutional early filing deadline."
The lawsuit was filed this past Monday, December 4, and it asserted that "the current deadline is the earliest deadline ever sought to be imposed on independent presidential candidates in the modern era. No federal court has ever upheld a January deadline [for independent presidential candidates]."
Utah has proven to be one of a number of states that have set extremely difficult barriers to any independent candidate getting on the ballot.
Kennedy 2024 Press Secretary Stefanie Spear saif, "We have a robust ballot-access and legal team and Kennedy's name will be on the ballot in all 50 states."