No Labels Victory: Judge Blocks Arizona Secretary of State from Recognizing Candidates Running on Third-Party Ballot Line

PHOENIX, Arizona – No Labels, the group behind a potential third-party presidential campaign, has achieved a significant legal victory. U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi has prohibited Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes from recognizing candidates who wish to run under the group’s label without prior approval, with the exception of the presidential unity ticket. This ruling ensures that No Labels retains control over its operations and maintains the confidentiality of its finances.

The group’s pursuit of a unity ticket has drawn criticism, particularly from former President Trump’s detractors. They fear that such an effort would aid Trump in his bid to reclaim the White House by siphoning off votes that would otherwise go to President Biden.

No Labels officials have celebrated the court’s decision, viewing it as safeguarding their “constitutional rights.” Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., a national co-chair of No Labels, expressed their determination, stating, “Our ballot line cannot be hijacked. Our movement will not be stopped.”

In response to Tuchi’s ruling, Fontes has expressed his intention to appeal. He argues that the decision could potentially undermine the entire candidate nomination process and disenfranchise nearly 19,000 registered Arizona voters.

The judge’s ruling affirms No Labels’ First Amendment right to choose its candidates under its label. This decision could aid the group in its effort to avoid filing campaign finance disclosure under state law, as it does not support candidates for state office.

No Labels has secured ballot access in 13 states thus far and aims to be on all 50 state ballots on Election Day. However, critics of the group are demanding greater transparency regarding its donors, whom No Labels has yet to disclose.

In conclusion, No Labels’ legal victory in Arizona grants the group greater control over its candidate selection and finances. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly impact the group’s future and its potential role as a third-party contender in the upcoming presidential election.