Judge Rejects Independent Candidate Challenge

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A Vermont judge has rejected a court challenge by a former congressional candidate who sued after the state moved up the filing deadlines for independent candidates.

Washington Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford found that the law changes were not unconstitutional and dismissed the suit brought by Jerry Trudell, of Charleston.

Independent candidates in Vermont used to have until September to file as candidates for the November elections. But last year, the law was changed when the date for the primary election was moved back from mid-September to late August.

Now, independents have until mid-June to file, the same as major party candidates.

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