On August 18, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones held a status conference in De La Fuente v Cortes, m.d., 1:16cv-1696. The issue is whether De La Fuente can be on the ballot as an independent for president in Pennsylvania. No one challenged De La Fuente’s petition. But the state elections office returned all of his petitions to him, saying they would not accept them. They did not clearly explain why, but it is either because he is a registered Democrat in Florida, or it is because he ran in the Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania this year.
At the status conference, the state argued that the case should be moved to state court. Judge Jones did not seem sympathetic to that argument, and said the state should submit a brief by August 25, and De La Fuente should submit a response by August 30.