Court to decide whether Kasich ballot lawsuit beat deadline

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A court challenge seeking to knock Republican presidential candidate John Kasich off the Pennsylvania primary ballot could hinge on whether 5 p.m. was the latest time on the deadline day to file it.

A Commonwealth Court judge told lawyers Wednesday to file briefs next week.

The challenge was filed on behalf of an activist who supports rival GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio. It questions whether Kasich’s campaign collected enough valid voter signatures to get Kasich on Pennsylvania’s April 26 ballot.

Kasich’s lawyer Larry Otter says the challenge was filed just after 5 p.m. on Feb. 23, making it late and invalid. His brief is due Monday. But the challenger’s lawyer John Bravacos says the law isn’t clear that 5 p.m. was the deadline. His brief is due Wednesday.