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Lawsuit In Nevada Calls 'WTF Party' Name A Free Speech Right

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who was told he couldn't create a "WTF Party" for political candidates in Nevada is suing state election officials in federal court, claiming his constitutional free speech rights are being violated.

Attorney Rick Hsu representing Jeffrey Berns of Sparks, pointed Thursday to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Hsu said upholds the right to form political parties.

It's not clear where the party would stand on the political spectrum.

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The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Reno says the Nevada secretary of state told Berns the third letter represents a profanity that might offend people and denigrate the election process — like a "Who Cares Party," an "Apathy Party" or a "Roll-the-Dice Party."

Berns' lawyers insist the letters have no profane meaning.