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Ballot Access News: Libertarian Party National Registration Up 11% Since 2008; All Other Nationally-Organized Parties Decline

Ballot Access News:

New voter registration data for the 29 states (plus D.C.) that have registration by party shows that Libertarian registration has risen 11% since October 2008.

All other nationally-organized parties lost registrants. The number of registered voters in the 29 states (plus D.C.) that have registration by party declined since October 2008, because states purge their lists in between elections.

The June 1, 2010 printed Ballot Access News will have a table showing the number of registered voters in each state, in each party. More voters are registered Libertarians now than ever before. Between October 2008 and this spring, Libertarian registration rose in 19 of the 23 states that tally Libertarians. It declined in four states, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and South Dakota. The decline in South Dakota isn’t surprising because the party has not been on the ballot there since 2006.

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  1. paulie paulie May 26, 2010

    I think that puts us back in 3rd place among nationally organized parties? The Greens were only slightly ahead in 2008, and CP can’t claim to be ahead unless/until they get control of the California AIP again – and even then, it wouldn’t be a genuine sign of support.

  2. Richard Winger Richard Winger May 26, 2010

    Yes, since October 2008, Libertarians have overtaken Greens.

  3. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero May 26, 2010

    Congratulations Libertarian Party. This is really big news.

    And sooooooooo glad to hear that we Libertarians beat those slimeball Greens.

    Makes up for all those times those Greenies blocked us Libertarian petitioners all over the U.S. Now we can stick it back in their faces. Hah!

  4. Kevin Knedler Kevin Knedler May 26, 2010

    Ohio picked up over 4,000 new faces for the LP when we had only our 3rd primary in 39 years, just a few weeks ago. And, we have a full slate of statewide candidates and that has not been done by a minor party since 1934 with the Communists– tell me I’m correct Richard W.

  5. Don Lake Don Lake May 26, 2010

    As Donald Lake has said time and time again, the informal, but extensive research I have done since the sad sad year of 2008 have indicated all non Democans and non Republicrats has eroded.

    Along with the minors, the bigs have also deflated (by my estimate)! Only ‘Decline to State’ (or the non California equivelant) has increased.

    The least hurt: LP and GP. The death knell: what little is left of the self destructive reform deform movement. Good as dead by 2016, the (so called) Constitution / US Taxpayers move ment!

  6. By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer – Wed May 26, 6:53 pm ET


    Chalk up another win for the tea party. And another embarrassment for the Republican establishment.

    Tea party favorite and two-term state lawmaker Raul Labrador defeated Vaughn Ward, a Marine reservist heavily recruited by national Republicans, in Idaho’s primary on Tuesday. Ward’s loss comes on the heels of several other races in which GOP establishment candidates stumbled as the anti-Washington mood takes hold.

    National Republicans had coached Ward and had made him one of their first named recruits, known as “Young Guns.” He also had the backing of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

    On Wednesday, the GOP wasn’t talking about Ward.

    “We look forward to continuing to work with Raul Labrador and are focused on the election in November,” said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

  7. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 26, 2010

    Richard–if we include the AIP, does the CP gain or lose?

    Also, I’d be interested to see the CP’s numbers if the Kansas Reform and Alaskan Independence Parties are included–both function as state affiliates basically.

    The LP’s gains have been impressive, though, for sure.

  8. Brian Holtz Brian Holtz May 26, 2010

    This is awesome news! Thanks you to all our candidates and officers and activists and dues-payers who made this possible! Looks like I’ll have to update the stats about RegLibs in this video:

  9. Steven R Linnabary Steven R Linnabary May 26, 2010

    Kevin @ 4 is being too modest (again).

    The LP of Ohio more than QUADRUPLED it’s primary vote total over the 2000 primary election (the last time Ohioans were allowed to vote in any opposition party primary election).

    Further, the LPO vote was double that of the other 3 parties (Constitution, Green & Socialist) combined!

    So Libertarians in Ohio are rightfully feeling a bit giddy the past month. We worked for it!


  10. David F. Nolan David F. Nolan May 26, 2010

    Congratulations to all the hard-working Libertarians in Ohio!

  11. Andy Andy May 26, 2010

    Eric Dondero said: “Makes up for all those times those Greenies blocked us Libertarian petitioners all over the U.S. Now we can stick it back in their faces. Hah!”

    I’ve petitioned in 27 states plus DC over the past 10 years, multiple times in a lot of those places, and I’ve never once been blocked by anyone from the Green Party anywhere in the country. I have been blocked on numerous occassions by Democrats and Republicans but never Greens.

  12. Richard Winger Richard Winger May 27, 2010

    Even if the California AIP is grouped with the Constitution Party nationally, the Constitution Party nationally lost registered members since 2008. This is because all parties in Nevada suffered big losses in 2009, due to list purges. The Nevada IAP is such a big share of national Constitution Party registration, the Nevada purge sent their national total down.

  13. Trent Hill // May 26, 2010:

    “………… to see the CP’s numbers if the Kansas Reform and Alaskan Independence Parties are included–both function as state affiliates basically …………”

    Lordie you are a lying prick! Nether party even starts to indicate such. You learn you spinning techniques from Cody Banks Quirk, Donald Grundmann, George Phillies, Thomas Knapp and W. A. R.

    The Democans and the Republicrats are the enemy. We can’t get by with attitudes like “We’re no worse than the big guys ………”

    If the lying, thieving ‘Loyal Opposition’ can not contribute to our culture, then (like the reform deform movement, the Natural Law Party, and the national CP) then we do not deserve to exist!

    Let’s be better than the bad guys ………

  14. I’ve petitioned in Arid Zona and California over the past 30 years, multiple times in a lot of those places, and I’ve never once been blocked by anyone from the Green Party or any other non Dem and non GOP anywhere

    …….. I have been blocked on numerous occasions by Democrats and Republicans but never Greens or other third parties ……..

  15. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero May 27, 2010

    Here are some specifics on Greens blocking Libertarians:

    2008 – Cincinnati, OH in front of the downtown Post Office for two weeks straight. Confirmation – Arenza Thigpen, petitioner from Alaska.

    2008 – All through New Hampshire. Manchester DMV. 5 Green Party petitioners blocked me – LP petitioner from both the front entrance and parking lot of the strip mall, and back entrance to the DMV. State Trooper had to intervene, kicking all petitioners off, after I – LP petitioner – had been working the location for two weeks. Confirmation – Sean Haugh.

    Concord, NH festival, Ron Cook. Surrounded by 5 Green Party petitioners, and kept from petitioning. Confirmation, Brandon Kelly, LPNH Chair

    Exeter, NH festival, Ron Cook. Surrounded by about 10 Green Party petitioners and kept from petitioning. Confirmation, Brandon Kelly, LPNH Chair and Cook.

    Hartford, CT various locations 2008 LP petition drive. Additionally, Greens thwarted LP petition drive by refusing to notarize Libertarian petitioners after Libertarian notaries had assisted with their notary process under prior agreement night before the deadline. Confirmation, Andy Rule, LPCT

  16. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero May 27, 2010

    Andy, perhaps you can claim you’ve never been blocked because you yourself are a Leftist, and are not a Libertarian anyway. Greens block Libertarian petitioners. They do not block fellow Leftists.

  17. Andy Andy May 27, 2010

    You are probably lumping ACORN workers in with Greens, but those ACORN was actually Democrats, however, most of the people that they hired were mercenaries. Also, Nader petitioners were mostly mercenaries, and Nader hasn’t run as a Green since 2000.

  18. Andy Andy May 27, 2010

    I’ve been a full time petitioner for 10 years and I’ve worked in 27 state plus DC and the only times that I’ve run into blockers they’ve either been Democrats or Republicans.

    I’ve never even heard of Greens or any other minor party supporters being involved in a blocking campaign. There are two good reasons that they would not do it:

    1) They are not a part of the power structure so they’ve got nothing to protect.

    2) They know how difficult it is to get on the ballot so they see blocking as an asshole thing to do.

    As for me being a leftist, that is absurd. I’m a hardcore Libertarian. I’m pro-gun rights, anti-taxes, and anti-affirmative action. These are not leftist positions.

    I’ve got a feeling that Dondero mistakes people who are either mercenaries or who are Democrats for being Greens, and I’ve got a feeling that Dondero has a rude attitude towards other petitioners who are working on things that are different from what he’s working on and that probably contributes to conflicts.

    I’ve run into people who were circulating petitions for Ralph Nader and also for the Green Party when I was gathering signatures for the Libertarian Party and I never had a problem with any of them. I’ve also run into ACORN people doing voter registration and I never had a problem with any of them either. Heck, I’ve even run into people who were gathering signatures for Democrats and Republicans and I never had any problems with them either.

    I have run into some asshole petitioners before but those were on initiative petition drives and I was working on the same initiative petitions as they were.

    I’ve also had nasty run ins with blockers who were Democrats or Republicans.

  19. Andy Andy May 27, 2010

    I did run into an independent candidate who was gathering signatures to put himself on the ballot that was a real asshole. This guy was not a leftist though as he was a Christian Conservative, and also a crazy jackass.

  20. paulie paulie May 27, 2010

    Andy is correct, but this is an old argument and we’ve had it before.

    I think what is more interesting here is that it shows that there is a great opportunity for the LP right now if we stop letting the infighting take up so much of our time and start taking advantage of it.

    I’ve been anecdotally observing the same phenomenon since at least 2007.

    The Texas LP has shown that the LP can tap into this current. Hopefully national is next.

    The biggest opportunity is in the under 30 age bracket. Average score about 80 personal, 50 economic – with a heavy emphasis on the personal issues on the Nolan chart in extensive polling.

    For that matter the Green Party could tap into that same energy if their platform was a lot more like what Roderick Long suggests here:

    Not much chance of that, however.

    Ron Paul has been the best at tapping into it so far, but my polling and other anecdotal evidence suggests that it is despite, not because, of his more conservative stances on several social issues.

    The electrifying moment that allowed him to connect with the current and tap into it was without a doubt standing up to Giuliani on the war issue. The damper, as with Rand Paul, has been any hint of sympathy for racism.

    When the LP learns to brand itself to this demographic, it can achieve stellar growth by all measures.

  21. Kevin Knedler Kevin Knedler May 27, 2010

    Linnabary, you are a piece of work. I will work on coming out of my “modest” bunker more often. It’s a Midwest thang. See you in St. Louis. I KNOW you will see me– everywhere– ugh.

  22. Doug craig Doug craig May 27, 2010

    How do they count in states like Georgia we always recieve 100000 votes in statewide races we do not register by party?

  23. paulie paulie May 27, 2010

    This is only counting states where the LP is on the registration form. That’s only about half the states.

  24. Richard Winger Richard Winger May 27, 2010

    My data only covers the 29 states (plus D.C.) that have registration by party. In those 29 states, the registration form asks the voter to choose a party. This data is completely separate from election returns, and is even completely separate from data on how many voters choose any particular party’s primary ballot, something that Illinois and Ohio keep track of. Any reader of IPR who doesn’t now subscribe to the printed Ballot Access News can get a free sample copy of the June 1 2010 issue, with that chart, if you e-mail me at and tell me a postal address for you.

  25. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero May 27, 2010

    I’m mistaking ACORN workers for Greens? Really?

    They are all one in the same.

    Take Cincy for instance. The petitioners were wearing ACORN t-shirts, but carrying petitions for the Green Party, and registering people to vote as Democrats so that they could “vote for Barack!”

    Geez, I wonder why I might have a tendency to “lump them all together.”

  26. Andy Andy May 27, 2010

    Eric, ACORN is (or was since apparently they have folded, although I’ve heard they are supposed to be back under a different name) run by Democrats and for Democrats.

    ACORN does not like the Green Party or Ralph Nader because they see them as taking votes away from Democrats.

    It should be pointed out that most of the people that ACORN hires are mercenaries off the street who are looking to make money.

    If the people you ran into were working for ACORN and petitioning for either Ralph Nader or the Green Party they were probably doing it without the blessing of ACORN, and their sole motivation was likely money, not ideaology.

    I met a guy years ago that was a mercenary petitioner and I remember he’d wear an ACORN shirt sometimes while gathering signatures on initiative petitions that had NOTHING to do with ACORN (he got the shirt because he worked for ACORN one time). Why did he wear this shirt? Because he thought that it made him look like more of an activist and that more people would sign his petitions because of it. This guy was just out for money and didn’t give a damn about ACORN or which petitions he was circulating.

  27. Andy Andy May 27, 2010

    I don’t think that the Green Party even petitioned in Connecticut or New Hampshire in 2008. Eric, you do know that the Green Party’s candidate for President in 2008 was Cynthia McKinney and that Ralph Nader ran for President as an independent in 2008 (and 2004 as well)?

    If I am correct about this, then you could not have run into anyone petitioning for the Green Party in Connecticut or New Hampshire in 2008, and I’m pretty sure that I’m right about this.

    The petitioners you ran into in these states were likely circulating for Ralph Nader who ran as an independent. Also, in all likelyhood these petitioners were probably just mercenaries who were out to make a buck (as are the majority of paid petitioners).

    I think that I know what the real problem was in New Hampshire. I’m pretty sure that in New Hampshire that a person can only sign a petition to put one candidate on the ballot. That means that anyone who signed to put Bob Barr on the ballot could not sign the Ralph Nader petition, and vice versa. This would obviously create situations where petitioners could be in conflict with one another, and this would be made even worse by the fact that access to locations to gather petition signatures is limited in New Hampshire. So if you butted heads with any Ralph Nader petitioners in New Hampshire a lot of that would have been due to the petitioning rules set up by the state.

  28. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 27, 2010

    “Lordie you are a lying prick! Nether party even starts to indicate such.”

    No, I’m not. Try using facts instead of just throwing names and insults around Mr. Lake. Both the Alaskan Independence Party and Kansas Reform Party put Chuck Baldwin on the ballot in 2008–both also put Michael Peroutka on the ballot in 2004. In both states local CP activists have gotten involved in those parties rather than making their own. As I said, they are not official affiliates, but they certainly function like them. Now if you have some FACTS to dispute that with, feel free, but don’t reply with “lying prick”.

  29. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 27, 2010

    Whoops, Kansas Reform Party did not put Peroutka on the ballot in 2004, they put Nader. My point stands.

  30. NewFederalist NewFederalist May 27, 2010

    Lying prick? What a naughty thing to say!

  31. OH PLZ .......... Lake OH PLZ .......... Lake May 27, 2010

    It is also naughty to phugue people over!

    Neither organization has one mention of the national CP on their official party web site and little or nothing on their [at least Alaska] former reflector. And dems da facts!

    Your point AGAIN, PER USUSAL (you are constantly pulling this stuff!) does not stand!

    You are merely 100% wrong and mad at me for ‘outing you’! You are not mad ’cause I lied —– yous up set ’cause I told the truth!

    Listen to yous self, YOU make MY point!

  32. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 27, 2010


    Your tenuous grasp of English and spotty logic should let all readers know exactly how reliable you are. Again, I never claimed that the parties in Alaska or Kansas were ACTUAL affiliates, but that they functioned LIKE affiliates. Do you understand the difference?

  33. Andrew Andrew May 27, 2010

    A Note From Ernest Hancock to LP National Delegates
    (BTW – I am writing from a small caravan going to St. Louis and we are east of Gallup, New Mexico on I-40 right now, 10:00pm Wednesday. We plan on driving straight through so that we are at the hotel in time for the Suns/Lakers game Thursday night)

    Those that know me, and others that have witnessed my previous efforts, likely understand why I do the things that I do and what I aim to accomplish in St. Louis.

    Very soon (if not already) the vast majority of Americans (along with the rest of the planet) will come to the realization that they are all victims of the largest swindle/robbery in human history,… and they will be searching for an accurate explanation. Libertarianism provides a very useful road map to what happened, who/what was responsible and how to avoid the same mistakes in the future. But ‘off ramps’ to detours that take us meandering through the same unprincipled wilderness that got us in this mess will be of no use to a ‘Generation Next’ that has a detailed 3D online map in their hip pocket.

    This decentralization of information is only beginning to be felt by a liberty starved planet and attempts to negotiate our principles for a place at the establishment’s media table will backfire just as it did in the 2008 presidential election cycle.

    Another election cycle of LPUS’ documented compromises on libertarian principle will make it very unlikely, as a political party, we’ll legitimately be able to compete at a national level in the future as a standard bearer for libertarianism. I am of the opinion that information availability is so ubiquitous now, that the ‘Liberty Nexus’ that was the best trait of the LPUS will be replaced by too many sources of contacts and information to keep track of. Politics is about to be replaced with communities that will attempt to create the freedom denied them by layers of government,… without asking permission.

    What if I really really believe that the future will have fresh young minds embracing libertarianism as the only consistent and understandable path to peace and prosperity? Then positioning ourselves so that we are the obvious destination for those seeking exactly what we offer is a very good idea. Since many (enough) that I associate with are also of this opinion, we chose to make our advocacy of no-compromise libertarianism a blazing torch everywhere possible.

    In the near future, freedom communities will likely be virtual and without borders or boundaries. Governments, states, countries and even languages will have less and less to do with an individual’s interactions than a simple listing on the contemporary cousin of craigslist with servers based in orbit or on the Moon.

    Libertarianism is ‘the philosophy for the stars’ and to think in smaller terms is an abandonment of the future for the LPUS. The future is why St. Louis is so important to many that support my effort. The economic tragedy coming, that is only in the early stages, provides a rare opportunity to help many millions,… not just when they need it the most, but when they are also seeking it the most. And they have already abandoned the ‘lame-stream media,… the media that is soooo last century’ in search of the truth.

    We have done our best to make our advocacy clear, and our long track record of principled activism has accomplished several things; government abuses of individual rights have been exposed while branding us as defenders of individual freedom, available resources in support of such advocacy are directed towards the most effective uses of those resources, inspiration of an entirely new generation of freedom activists have been continually nurtured.

    I am prepared and eager to represent the future and inspire a flood of fresh and energetic activists, that are already experienced and networked with each other, to come and make use of the Libertarian Party at a national/international level to free as many minds as possible in as short a time as possible to save as many lives as possible. But should the LPUS’ words/silence and actions/inactions allow the perception of it being less effective a tool as the many others available, then it will continue to wither.

    My documenting of all LNC chair debates and appearances across the country of every candidate participating has been a deliberate act of making it very clear to future freedom activists that the choice in St Louis was a fully informed one. These documented discussions will be of much greater importance months, years and even decades later to those needing to determine where and how best to direct their time and resources to expand human freedom. I’m working very hard to make that investment the Libertarian Party of the United States.

  34. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 28, 2010

    “spin, spin, spin, spin!”

    I’ll take that as a “yes, I understand the difference and concede that I’m an idiot and I’m wrong”.


  35. Eric Dondero Eric Dondero May 28, 2010

    Andy, you are really trying hard to split hairs here. Stop with all the drawn-out explanations. As far as I’m concerned there’s no difference between Greens, Ralph Nader, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Democrat Party USA, Democrat Farm-Labor Party of Minnesota, Workers of the World, Workers Family Party, or Family Workers Party, or whatever the ‘F’ they call themselves.

    All the above mentioned are Communists/Fascists. THEY ARE ALL ONE IN THE SAME. They are all strident enemies of Liberty, and extreme enemies of the Libertarian Party and the Libertarian Movement. AND EVERY ONE OF THEM NO MATTER HOW THEY PRESENT THEMSELVES FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT NEEDS TO BE DEFEATED!!!

  36. Andy Andy May 28, 2010

    “Eric Dondero // May 28, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Andy, you are really trying hard to split hairs here. Stop with all the drawn-out explanations. As far as I’m concerned there’s no difference between Greens, Ralph Nader, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Democrat Party USA, Democrat Farm-Labor Party of Minnesota, Workers of the World, Workers Family Party, or Family Workers Party, or whatever the ‘F’ they call themselves.”

    You are wrong, Eric. The Green Party is not the same thing as the Democratic Party. Acting like they are one and the same is like acting like the Constitution Party or the Conservative Party is the same thing as the Republican Party.

    As a Libertarian, I obviously disagree with the Greens on several issues, but there are some areas where I have common ground with them. I have found that Greens tend to be more open about having fair elections than Democrats are. Unlike the Democrats, the Greens are not a part of the exsisting power structure, so therefore they’ve got little incentive to engage in blocking campaigns.

    I have found that the majority of people from minor parties or who support independent candidates are more concerned with fairness in the election process than most Democrats and Republicans are.

    I ran into somebody from the Socialist Workers Party when I was petitioning for the Libertarian Party in Maryland a few years ago. This SWP guy was not petitioning for ballot access though as he was just handing out literature and asking people to sign up for the SWP contact list. I debated political issues with the guy a little bit and boxed him in to a corner where he could not respond, but it was a friendly debate and the guy did not interfere with my gathering signatures, nor did I interfere with what he was doing.

    Also, it should be pointed out that most people out there who gather sigantures on petitions or who do voter registrations are not political idealouges, they are mercenaries who are out to make a buck. So it is quite possible that these people that Eric ran into were not even really Greens or Democrats or Nader supporters.

    I’ve got a feeling that Eric Dondero’s attitude helps to create at least some of these problems.

  37. Trent Hill Trent Hill May 28, 2010

    …HAHA. Don just admitted to being an idiot and conceding he was wrong while thinking I was apologizing. Apparently Don reads as well as he writes.

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