Over at Ballot Access News, Richard Winger reports that the Country Party has filed their petition to be on the ballot. This is a party that is not putting forth any presidential candidate.
On December 6, the Country Party submitted 6,387 signatures to the Wyoming Secretary of State, on its petition to be a qualified party. The requirement is 3,740 signatures. The Country Party wants more power for the Wyoming state government, relative to the federal government.
The Country Party is actually a local offshoot of the Libertarian Party, but with a more rural flavor. The Country Party is led by former Libertarian Party members, including Don Wilis, the chairman of the new party.
The Country Party was formed about a year ago by top members of the Wyoming Libertarian Party who left after becoming disillusioned with the Libertarians’ electoral chances and parts of the party platform, such as legalization of drugs and calling for open borders.
The Country Party’s platform is still similar to the Libertarians; among other things, it calls for rejecting all federal education funding to Wyoming and eliminating, or at least reducing, the state’s 4-percent sales tax.
If the Country Party wins ballot access, said chairman Don Wills, they hope to target 30-35 legislative incumbents next year, though Wills estimated the party would only be able to recruit candidates in 20 of those races.
In other Wyoming news, Constitution Party employee Gary Odom reports: “Well the Constitution Party, which currently has slightly less than the amount turned in by the Country Party, but is still petitioning, has run a totally volunteer petition effort in Wyoming and has secured petition signatures in 23 counties. ” The last IPR heard, the Constitution Party petition had well over 3,500 signatures.