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New Jersey Libertarian Party Sees Growth From Previous Year

From the New Jersey Libertarian Party:

In 2001, an appeals court ruled that New Jersey’s practice of not allowing anyone to register to vote as anything other than Democrat, Republican, or Independent was unconstitutional. This was the result of a lawsuit brought by a coalition of political parties, including the NJ Libertarian Party.

Since then the number of registered libertarians has been steadily growing. The 2013 numbers (as of May) show 2,164 registered Libertarians. This is a 13.9% growth from the report from just before the 2012 General Election.

We are 70% larger than the next biggest party (the Green Party at 1,268) making us without a doubt the largest third party in the state of New Jersey. The other four third party registered voter numbers range from 37 to 594. Over 2.6 million voters are unaffiliated, 52% of total registered voters. Just six months prior to this report only 47% of the total were unaffiliated. (Note: The Conservative Party of New Jersey has 594 members, the Constitution Party has 171 members, the Reform Party has 71 members and the Natural Law Party has 37 members – KL).

Also of note is that in the past six months the Democrat and Republican parties both dropped in size, 0.46% and 1.3% respectively with a loss of 22,081 voters.

Summary of Registered Libertarians
Note that for most numbers it is as of the general election. For 2013 is as of May 7th.

Year    Number   Growth
2013 2,164 13.9%
2012 1,899 28.1%
2011 1,482 6.8%
2010 1,387 10.8%
2009 1,251 18.0%
2008 1,060 61.6%
2007 656 20.1%
2006 543 7.3%
2005 506 12.9%
2004 448 52.3%
2003 294 41.3%
2002 208 N/A

Additionally, Libertarian candidate for state assembly in district 16 Patrick McNight gained ballot status for the November 2013 elections. Read a statement from McKnight about about his candidacy at the following link:

http://njlp.org/35-news/candidates/1455-patrick-mcknight-gains-ballot-access-in-2013

About Post Author

Krzysztof Lesiak

I've been a contributor for IPR since January 2013. I consider myself to be a paleoconservative. I'm also the founder of American Third Party Report. Email me at clesiakcrusader@gmail.com.

2 Comments

  1. Dan Karlan Dan Karlan June 27, 2013

    None whatsoever. Ballot access on a party basis in NJ is the hardest in the country — it hasn’t happened in NJ since 1913. It requires 10% of the total vote for State Assembly. We can actually elect people to the assembly and not meet that requirement.

    On the other hand, ballot access for individual candidates is among the easiest in the country, and we ARE allowed to use “Libertarian Party” next to the candidate’s name. The hurdle is 800 signatures for a state-wide candidate (including President), 100 for most others.

    Having direct access to the names of those who register Libertarian would make it much easier than it is for us to meet those thresholds, because we could simply ask each of those 2000+ to sign a petition and we’d have a challenge-proof total.

    Getting those names, however, is not trivial.

  2. Nicholas Sarwark Nicholas Sarwark June 27, 2013

    Is there any ballot access benefit to having a certain percentage of registered voters in New Jersey?

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