- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Libertarians tossed from the fall ballot have updated their lawsuit with what they say are Republicans’ connections in the case.

They say GOP consultant and appointee of Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) was responsible for hiring the law firm whose challenge pushed two of their candidates off Ohio’s ballot. Terry Casey worked for Kasich’s 2010 campaign, and the governor has since appointed him chair of the state personnel review board.

Libertarians filed an amended complaint Thursday detailing Casey’s role. They want a federal judge to restore governor candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary to November’s ballot. They seek an expedited trial on grounds the disqualifications were partisan.

Casey has said Libertarian petitions were tossed legitimately.

The sides hope to know more after meeting with the judge Friday.

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