LNC Ballot Access Report For Spring Meeting

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LNC Ballot Access Report March 2013

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  1. paulie

    My comments on LNC list:

    Bill,

    Thank you for the report.

    “AL: We could be doing a party petition (44,828 sigs),.” <===That's number of valid sigs, not counting validity padding. We've started working on it, on a combination of volunteer basis plus fundraising to qualify individual counties. We can qualify individual counties, and if we qualify all 67 of them we also get statewide access without a separate petition. The advantage of doing it this way is that if we fall short of the goal for statewide ballot access we can still qualify individual counties and run Big L candidates with the party label on the ballot for the first time since 2002, with the exception of one single legislative candidate in 2006. Alabama and Tennessee were the only states where Gary Johnson was on as an independent candidate. The disadvantage is that if we do end up having enough resources to complete the whole statewide petition, this adds a distribution requirement that we would not otherwise have. Since it seems at this time that statewide access is a long shot, we are doing it this way rather than the all or nothing method. The last time we had statewide ballot access in 2002, we ran about 60 candidates and could have run more if we had more time to screen and process their applications. Right now we have funding for one county (Jefferson, containing Birmingham and some of its suburbs) and are looking for more funding. I realize the LNC has no ballot access budget this year, and am not asking to add one, but if any of you would like to donate individually, or help in any other way (volunteer or commission fundraising, helping us acquire fundraising lists, volunteer petitioning if anyone can make it down here at any point, etc), please let me know. "AR: To get our party status back will take a 10,000 valid sig petition drive, but it has to be completed within a 90 day window of our choosing, and no later than April 5, 2014. The Green Party has a legislator in AR and the LPAR should lobby with the Greens to try to change AR ballot access law." We've also started fundraising for Arkansas. Arkansas was the last state in the US to the have partisan Libertarian candidates for offices other than just president. It?s a state with a tremendous amount of potential for the LP. It?s a state where many races go unchallenged. In the mid-2000s I saw a statistic that about 80% of Arkansas legislative races had only one candidate running, which was the worst in the US. The Greens, who have been getting on the ballot there as a full party every two years since 2006, have elected two state legislators ? as many as in the rest of the country put together in their entire history ? and received 20%+ in several US Congressional races and even a US Senate race. Nor is this just because of the Greens? ideology. In 2007 I was there getting signatures for them and I also picked up the Constitution Party presidential petition. Since I already had two petitions I looked into what the LP was doing and found out they had no money, but I decided to do the LP petition anyway ? mostly as a volunteer, although the state chair picked up our hotel bill for a few days. I was surprised to find numerous members of the general public asking for the Libertarian Party petition by name after we had more than enough signatures on it (it was the 1,000 signature petition, whereas the Greens had the 10,000 signature petition). In a decade of petitioning up til then I had never seen people asking for the LP by name all over any state. It was then and there that I noticed the popular current that led to the Ron Paul Revolution and the early Tea Parties (before they got neoconned/theoconned). And it?s still there as of the last time we were there in 2011 and as of the first-ever slate of candidate results I quoted in the article at https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2013/03/libertarian-party-of-arkansas-fundraising-for-2014-ballot-access/ .

    I spoke to the current state chair, and he has a candidate for Governor who he believes will get over 3% and keep the party on the ballot for 2016 without having to do the petition again, which is one thing neither the Greens nor the LP has done yet. However, if they can get the petition knocked out earlier rather than later, the candidates can get on with building their campaigns and the party can recruit more candidates, so for momentum purposes the earlier they do the petition the better.

    Since they only get 90 days to do it, ideally they would like to have petitioners work in the spring or fall, when it?s not too hot or cold and when both the colleges and farmers markets are in full swing.

    And they?d like to get it done this year so that we are not racing against the deadline in 2014, as well as having one of the very few states where we are allowed to do the 2014 petition this year and where the LP needs to do one for 2014 knocked out of the way to free up money and petitioners for other states next year.
    If anyone would like to donate you can do so at http://lpar.org/ballotaccess2014/ (please pass this along). As with Alabama, I realize the LNC has no ballot access budget this year, and am not asking to add one, but if any of you would like to donate individually, or help in any other way (volunteer or commission fundraising, helping us acquire fundraising lists, volunteer petitioning if anyone can make it down there at any point once we have enough resources to realistically complete the drive in a 90 day window, etc), please let me know.

    Paulie 415-690-6352

  2. Andy

    “The disadvantage is that if we do end up having enough resources to complete the whole statewide petition, this adds a distribution requirement that we would not otherwise have”

    County distribution requirements are hard. It could be especially difficult to have to go out to boonie counties in Alabama to collect signatures.

    This is still a good plan because I don’t know if they will get the resources and volunteer manpower to knock out the entire state, so at least they can be on the ballot in one or two or a few counties, which is better than nothing. I actually suggested this to them a few years ago, so I’m glad to see that they finally implemented this. Better late than never.

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