COLUMBUS: The Green and Constitution parties in Ohio want to join a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of new ballot access rules for minor political parties.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a court motion Wednesday on behalf of the parties. The organization says the political parties should be included in the case as plaintiffs because they are impacted by the law and the lawsuit’s outcome.

The complaint was originally filed by the Ohio Libertarians and is connected to the group’s case that also challenges a separate law’s requirements on petition circulators.

The Libertarians argue the new ballot access rules unconstitutionally strip them of a primary. They are challenging other aspects of the new law, which also establishes political party qualifications and requirements to maintain that party status.