- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A state House candidate is continuing to claim that he has a constitutional right to get on the ballot as both a Democrat and a Republican.

The Courier (https://bit.ly/1LjZhka) reports Wednesday that Houma attorney and former state Rep. Damon Baldone is appealing a ruling by Judge David Arceneaux.

Baldone sued after the Terrebonne Parish registrar of voters listed him as “other” on the Oct. 24 ballot. He contends that violates his freedom of speech and his freedom to associate with any group.

Arceneaux says the state has an interest in avoiding voter confusion.

Baldone says he wants to register under both major parties because the state is becoming more partisan. He says his political beliefs fit both parties, and registering as independent would cost him his voice.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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