The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal for a later registration date for independent candidates running for state offices.
Independent candidates used to have until September to make it known they wanted to be on the general election ballot. Now they have to register in June -- the same deadline as candidates for the major parties.
Former Congressional candidate Jerry Trudell sued, saying the early deadline limits voter choice in violation of the Constitution. The Supreme Court ruled that while the new requirement may place a "minor burden" on independent candidates, it "does not place independents at a particular disadvantage for accessing the ballot." Rather, the court found, "the registration deadline is a reasonable, nondiscriminatory regulation."