A federal judge has issued an injunction allowing the Libertarian Party to use people who aren’t Connecticut residents to collect signatures necessary to get party candidates on this year’s state election ballots. The Libertarians’ injunction request was part of a larger lawsuit challenging a state statute that requires petition circulators to be state residents.

The injunction will allow the Libertarians to hire professional out-of-state circulators to collect signatures for their candidates, a step officials say is necessary to put them on a more equal footing with Democrats and Republicans.

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