Category Archives: Libertarian Party ‘Big ballot access wins for LP!’

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Last night the Libertarian Party achieved a number of critically-important ballot access victories, making the LP a recognized party in 39 states, the highest ever after an election in the party’s history.

  • The Texas LP retained ballot access with Railroad Commission candidate Mark Miller receiving over 5 percent. The party would have had to collect over 80,000 signatures to get back on the ballot if no statewide candidate received 5 percent.
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LP Vice Chair Open Letter to Democrats

Arvin Vohra, Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party released this open letter to Democratic voters today in response to their candidate’s decisive defeat:

Democratic voters:

Do you know why the Democratic Party lost despite better organization and more money?

It’s because you literally nominated an openly pro-war Democrat. (Obama at least pretended otherwise.)

The current version Democratic Party is strongest in politically correct parts of cities, where people are often more influenced by the fashion of politics than by the substance.… Read more ...

Jesse Walker: Where the Third-Party Candidates Were Strongest

Yesterday’s presidential election produced the strongest showing in 20 years for third-party and independent candidates. Not all the ballots have been tallied yet, so some of the numbers below may be slightly off from the final totals. But at this point all the alternative candidates put together have received more than 5 percent of the popular vote.… Read more ...

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IPR owner Warren Redlich quoted in Washington Post

From an article by Katie Zezima at WaPo:

Among the biggest deficits such candidates suffer is a lack of funding. Johnson raised about $11 million, Stein about $3.5 million and McMullin about $1 million, compared with the hundreds of millions put forward for Trump and Clinton.

“In Florida, I’m not seeing the Gary Johnson ads,” said Warren Redlich, a lawyer who ran for governor of New York as a libertarian.… Read more ...

Nicholas Sarwark: ‘Your Tears Are Delicious and Your Parties Will Die’

Video at TV. H/T Robert Capozzi in IPR comments.

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Sarwark sat down with Reason’s Matt Welch to discuss the post-election fallout and the future of the LP.

“Stop wasting your breath. Start working on your own parties. Start working on your own issues,” says Libertarian Party national chair Nicholas Sarwark, responding to criticism that Libertarians played a spoiler role and handed Donald Trump the election.… Read more ...

Outright Libertarians on US election results


Outright Libertarians via FB:

Dear Members and Allies,

Like many of you, I laid awake in shock last night and woke up despondent today. On reflection, I think apprehension is warranted but I also think hopefulness and courage as well. Sometimes a big rude orange man with bad hair is just a big rude orange man with bad hair, and we won’t know until next year what else is in the cards.… Read more ...

Libertarian and Green Parties Gain Qualified Status in Some States

reposted from Ballot Access News by permission of Richard Winger

In certain states, the Libertarian Party, or the Green Party, gained qualified status (relative to the day before the November 2016 election):

Connecticut: both parties gained qualified status for President, by polling over 1% for President. The Libertarian Party had never before done that, and the Green Party had not done it since 2000.… Read more ...

Darryl W. Perry: A different look at the wasted vote theory

Darryl W. Perry at FPP.CC:

Every couple of years supporters of candidates who are not from the ruling duopoly are inundated with claims that their vote is “wasted.” The vast majority of people who perpetuate the so-called “wasted vote theory” believe that a vote for someone who finishes second in the race was not wasted, but a vote for any candidate outside of the top two is somehow a wasted vote.… Read more ...

William Saturn: Review of the 2016 Free & Equal Debate

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

On October 25, the Free & Equal Elections Foundation held a debate on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, moderated by actor Ed Asner and Free & Equal founder Christina Tobin. This was the organization’s third election cycle hosting a presidential debate.… Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘Backing the True Outsider’

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

For the first time in my life, I am voting for a major party presidential candidate. My reasoning, however, has not changed. Tomorrow I will vote for Donald Trump for the same reasons I voted for Ralph Nader in 2004, Chuck Baldwin in 2008, and Gary Johnson in 2012.… Read more ...

New Mexico Libertarian Party Gains Enough Registration to Meet One of the Two Tests to Have its Own Primary

Ballot Access News:

The New Mexico Libertarian Party has never had a government-provided primary. The only minor party that has ever had its own primary in New Mexico is the Green Party, which had one in 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2004. The state requires a party to meet two tests to have a primary: (1) a vote of 5% for a statewide office; (2) registration of three-tenths of 1%.… Read more ...