Libertarians Win Elections, Retain Ballot Access in Several States

While votes are still being counted in many states, the LP has already gained ballot access, and some elected officials, in some states. Below is a sample, provided in part by Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In Hawaii, the state LP became the first party to meet the legislative candidate vote test. The five state senate nominees, when added together, polled 7,862 votes. 5,572 were needed.

In Maryland, the LP gubernatorial nominee, Shawn Quinn, received over 1%, making the party the first to meet the vote test in that state.

In Missouri, nearly 27% of voters chose either the Libertarian candidate or the Constitutionist candidate for Auditor.

In North Dakota, all 3 Libertarian Party candidates have exceeded 5% of the vote, making this the first time any minor party has met the vote test since 1996.

In Utah, the Libertarian Party retained its qualified status. Parties needed to poll at least 2% for any statewide race. The only statewide race in the state was for Attorney General. The LP candidate, Andrew McCullough, polled 3.89%.

In Wisconsin, Libertarians regained party status, which they lost in 2010.

In Wyoming, Libertarian Kit Carson polled over 10% in his race for Secretary of State, qualifying the party to nominate their candidates by primary.

In addition, there were some more local wins for LP candidates in Arkansas and Louisiana. From lp.org:

Several victories in Louisiana: William McBride was elected to the town council of Washington in St. Landry Parish. Henry Herford was elected as a constable in Franklin Parish. Justin Bonnette was elected as a Justice of the Peace in Vernon Parish. Chad Perry will be in a runoff for Justice of the Peace in Calcasieu Parish.

Bobby Tullis was elected as the mayor of Mineral Springs, Arkansas (nonpartisan race).

Libertarians in Arkansas have already elected two candidates today. Jacob Faught is running unopposed in his race for Benton County Township 5 Constable (a partisan race). Casey D. Copeland is running unopposed for Prairie Grove Alderman (a non-partisan race). This will be his third win in a row.

10 thoughts on “Libertarians Win Elections, Retain Ballot Access in Several States

  1. Stewart Flood

    In South Carolina, Kathy Woolsey was re-elected to a third term on the Charleston County Soil and Water Commission. She received more than 40% of the vote, with her two competitors each below 30%.

    Her husband, Bill Woolsey, is in his second term as Mayor of the Town of James Island.

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    I’m actually feeling pretty good about yesterday. Many of our issues won big, especially marijuana reform. As screwed up as CA is, our win to drop the penalties for drug users is huge. Nullification happened in AZ. I’m busy at work and haven’t had a lot of time to scour the Internet, but we should be proud of our influence.

    Good article, Jed!

  3. Andy

    “Jill Pyeatt

    November 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I’m actually feeling pretty good about yesterday. Many of our issues won big, especially marijuana reform.”

    The Medical Marijuana initiative lost in Florida. It received 57% of the vote, however, there was a law passed in Florida back in 2006 that said that state wide initiatives in Florida need a minimum of 60% of the vote to pass. The excuse given for passing this law was that it should be difficult to amend the state constitution via initiative, however, what they failed to mention was that most states that have the initiative process have constitutional amendment initiatives and statutory initiatives. Florida does not have statutory initiatives, so the only type of initiatives that can be done in Florida are constitutional amendment initiatives. The other thing that they failed to mention is that Florida was one of the most difficult petition signature requirements in the country. The petition signature requirement in Florida is almost as high as the one in California, even though Florida has half the population of California. Florida also has a congressional district distribution requirement, which means that a certain number of signatures must be gathered out of a certain number of congressional districts in order to qualify a state wide ballot initiative. Having to qualify congressional districts is difficult. Then to make things even more difficult, petition sheets in Florida only have enough space for one signature per page. This means that petition circulators have to carry a lot more petition sheets, and that they have to change them every time a person signs, and it also means that petition proponents have to spend a lot more money printing up petition sheets than necessary, plus this also greatly increases the postage cost when it comes to mailing batches of petition signatures.

  4. paulie

    Marijuana initiatives did well in several other states and DC, and most of the other ballot initiative news I have seen so far from around the country sounds good on a variety of topics.

  5. Starchild

    Props to all the Libertarian candidate/activists across the country who spread the pro-freedom message, regardless of how well you did in quantifiable electoral terms yesterday!

  6. Joe

    I believe Andy extended the Utah LP’s qualified status from “through 2016” (which we earned in 2012) to “through 2018.”

  7. Thane "Goldie" Eichenauer

    I would love to see an article with news about Henry Herford’s election to the office of Constable in Franklin parish in Louisiana.

  8. Thane "Goldie" Eichenauer

    I should have said that I would love to see post-election news of Franklin parish Constable Henry Herford. He may or may not have been sworn into office at this point.

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