Missouri libertarians say democrats aren’t having to jump through the hoops they had to jump through when one of their statewide candidates died in 1992. Libertarian senate candidate Grant Stauffer says the secretary of state wouldn’t allow the party to keep Ogden Scoville on the ballot as a gubernatorial candidate when he died within a year of the election, and he says democrats shouldn’t be able to keep Mel Carnahan’s name on the ballot. But Floyd Gilzow, then the executive deputy secretary of state, sees two flaws in the argument: Scoville had never formally filed for the office, and libertarians weren’t a formally recognized political party. Gilzow sees no relevance in the Scoville case to the Carnahan case.
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