The Libertarian Party, Green Party, and Nebraska Party (Nebraska affiliate of the Constitution Party) are no longer recognized in Nebraska, after their candidates for US Senate failed to gain more than five percent of the vote. Members of these parties will be mailed, saying their registration is changed to nonpartisan.
Members of these third parties are not happy. Here’s an excerpt:
Lesser-known political parties in Nebraska may have felt slighted in the past, but at least they weren’t totally ignored.
That may not be the case in the 2010 or 2012 elections.
Libertarians, Greens and the Nebraska Party are no longer officially recognized in Nebraska. The parties lost their legal status after none of their candidates for president or U.S. Senate garnered 5 percent of the vote, as required by state law.
Voters registered with one of the three parties will be sent notices that their party affiliation has been changed to nonpartisan. The parties’ future candidates for office will not appear on statewide ballots, unless each party mounts a petition drive and collects about 5,500 signatures across the state.
The parties and their members are not happy.
“The law fixes it so third parties can’t exist,” said Paul Rosberg, founder of the Nebraska Party.
Rosberg and his wife, Kelly Renee Rosberg, have run for numerous statewide offices since they founded their party in 2001. Paul Rosberg said he believes state law on political parties is unconstitutional, and he is considering his legal options.
You can read the full article here. Source: Omaha World-Herald.