Kennedy Campaign Wins Major Concession in Utah Ballot Access Lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—DEC. 7, 2023—The Kennedy campaign today secured a ballot access victory when Lt. Governor Henderson agreed to move Utah’s unconstitutional ballot access deadline from Jan. 8, 2024 to March 5, 2024.

The lawsuit filed Dec. 4 asserted that “the current deadline is the earliest deadline ever sought to be imposed on independent presidential candidates in the modern era. No federal court has ever upheld a January deadline [for independent presidential candidates].”

The agreement reached today is a result of Kennedy’s motion filed in the U.S. District Court “to enjoin the unconstitutional early filing deadline.”

Paul Rossi, Kennedy campaign’s national ballot access legal counsel, said:

“I am pleased Lt. Governor Henderson had the courage to correct the wrong committed by the state legislature in their intentional assault on the constitutional right of Utah voters to cast their vote for Mr. Kennedy in 2024.”

Independent Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said:

“In a democracy, the people are supposed to decide with their votes who gets into office. Not state officials who prevent popular candidates from getting on the ballot.”

Utah is one of a number of states that have set extremely difficult barriers to any independent candidate getting on the ballot. 

“We have begun signature collection in many of the open states,” said Press Secretary Stefanie Spear. “We have a robust ballot-access and legal team and Kennedy’s name will be on the ballot in all 50 states.”

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