We have reported previously here at IPR that the Libertarian Party of Michigan and the Gary Johnson for President campaign have considered using a substitution strategy in order to circumvent a sore election law that is being erroneously enforced by the Secretary of State in Michigan. Now Reason is giving the strategy some ink.
Enter Johnson’s knight in shining armor: Gary Edward Johnson, an investor and longtime Libertarian Party activist in Texas who has run for everything from community college board to U.S. Senate but never for president. That might change if the Michigan LP’s court battle fails.
For now Texas Johnson is what’s known as a placeholder, somebody who holds a spot on a ballot for a third party candidate until he or she actually qualifies. Texas Johnson’s place on the ballot now guarantees that a a Gary E. Johnson/Jim Gray ticket on the Libertarian line will still appear on the ballot if the lawsuit fails.
This proposal is completely legal, according to ballot access expert Richard Winger.