Liberty for America: Arkansas Libertarian Party is On the Ballot


Found in George Phillies’ Liberty for America Nov 13
Arkansas Libertarian Party is on the Ballot

(Little Rock, AR) The Libertarian Party of Arkansas (LPAR) is officially a recognized political party for the second time in history and will now be able to run candidates for office in 2014.

Last month the party submitted signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in order to fulfill the requirement of collecting at least 10,000 valid signatures from registered voters in the state. According to Martha Adcock at the Secretary of State’s office, more than 12,000 of the 16,000 submitted signatures were veri-fied as signatures of registered AR voters.

During the 2012 general election, more than 100,000 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates in AR. However, the Libertarian Party was required to re-petition the state after Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, did not receive three percent of the vote in 2012.

Dozens of potential candidates have already come forward, hoping to receive the party’s nomination to run for office in 2014. Frank Gilbert of Tull, Glen Schwarz of Little Rock and Shawn Hipskind of Alexander have all announced that they plan to seek the party’s nomination for Governor.

The LPAR will nominate candidates at their convention, sched-uled for February 21-23 in Little Rock.

“While we are excited about the prospect of running candidates in 2014, I must say, this has been an exhausting process,” said Jessica Paxton, LPAR Chairman.

“The ballot access laws in our great state were written by Democrats and Republicans who have a vested interest in imposing crippling requirements on anyone who dares to challenge them.”

Libertarians advocate lower taxes, more personal freedom and less government intervention.

“A major issue here is that hundreds of thousands of voters cast their ballot for third party and independent candidates every two years here in Arkansas,” said Paxton. “And the powers that be are trying to silence that dissenting voice by requiring this petition process that costs tens of thousands of dollars, takes thousands of man-hours and then, by the time we have access to the ballot, our resources have been exhausted before campaigning even begins.”

The LPAR is now seeking candidates to run for office in 2014. “Whether running for city council or congress, we want liberty-loving Arkansans to take advantage of our efforts and represent true freedom on the ballot,” says Debbie Standiford, Chairman of the Pulaski County Libertarian Party.

If the Libertarian Gubernatorial nominee earns three percent of the vote in the 2014 election, the party will automatically retain ballot access for 2016. If less than three percent is earned, the party will have to again submit 10,000 signatures to the Secre-tary of State’s office for verification, a process that cost theLPAR almost $40,000.

In 2011, for the first time in party history, the LPAR submitted enough signatures to the Secretary of State to be a certified political party. In 2012, 15 Libertarian candidates appeared on ballots across Arkansas and received more than 100,000 votes. Frank Gilbert, former mayor of Tull, AR, became the state’s first elected Libertarian when he was elected Constable of Dek-alb Township. Gary Johnson, the party’s presidential nominee, tripled the Libertarian vote totals from 2008. Johnson received 16,276 votes, or 1.52 percent. Falling short of the three percent needed to retain ballot access for 2014, the LPAR lost ballot access after the 2012 general election.

In the fall of 2013, the LPAR again circulated a petition in order to obtain ballot access for the 2014 election. The party col-lected 16,505 signatures and submitted those to the Secretary of State on October 15, 2013. The Secretary of State verified that the LPAR met ballot access requirements on November 1, 2013.

An interesting question from Knut Scott Lindsley on the Ask a Libertarian Facebook group: Question: Considering the often lackluster performance of Libertarians who are typically active three months prior to an election, what can be done to gather real momentum during the off season? Kudos to Knut for this extremely important message!

Long time activist Jim Babb and friends raised $3000 for a Billboard campaign in DC. The message of the campaign is the virtue of jury nullification. The $3K is for 3 subway ads: One illuminated “diorama” ad and two tall pylon ads, for four weeks. There is the possibility of a crowdfunding effort.

Missouri Libertarians took advantage of a halloween festival to set up a table, hand out candy to children, and meet their par-ents. Libertarian State Representative candidate Bob Under-wood has reported on his web site a detailed statistical analysis of his 2012 election campaign, where he had support, where his supporters got their news, etc.

The Tax Foundation — a corporate/business leaning organiza-tion — has reported the relative ranks of various states on their tax levels. You can see the report here. My own Massa-chusetts ranks square in the middle at 25th out of the 50 states.

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana has launched a registration drive. Their target is 9000 registered Libertarians by the start of 20143, meaning they need 500 more registrations.

The Nevada Libertarian Party State Convention is at Saturday, November 16 at 8:00am at the Suncoast in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Comstock Libertarians Facebook page is reporting actively on political activities, including the oft-neglected judge re-appointment elections. The 2014 Libertarian Party of Colorado State Convention, with the theme “Reclaiming Liberty”, will be the weekend of March 28th-30th.

The Maricopa County Arizona LP meets the second Monday of each month! Where? China Village Restaurant, 2710 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016.

We are seeing circulated widely links to an article by 2004 LPIN Gubernatorial candidate Kenn Gividen Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Advance Libertarianism. It is definitely worth reading. Gividen has since moved on from the Libertarian Party and now has very different political positions, but the advice here is equally sound for par-tisans of any party.

The Libertarian Party of Alabama has a remarkable new web front end, definitely worth seeing at Click on any of the lapel buttons and see what happens. The Libertarian Party of Alaska also has new (since your editor last looked) material on their page, namely the recording of a spectacular debate “The house would repeal the 2nd Amendment”. The Arizona and California LPs also appear in recent times to have enhanced their web sites.

This month’s edition can be viewed in its entirety here:  Liberty for America Nov 13

8 thoughts on “Liberty for America: Arkansas Libertarian Party is On the Ballot

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    If I’m not mistaken, this was a project that Paulie was working on this summer.

    This Liberty for America edition is particululy full of rich articles. I’d like to point out the article about the LNC Audit for information that might be good for all Libertarians to be aware of.

    Also, I like the way that George segued from the positive of Arkansa’ achievement to other positives in the LPin this article. Yay! Moving forward!

  2. Steven Wilson

    Jessica and her husband are a major reason Arkansas is getting a third option. Great job to the LPAR. Jessica had an excellent campaign for congress last year.

  3. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Yes, you did send it, and it’s beeen on my list to post. That’s why, when I saw how George had used the story in his publication,I used it here. Congratulations to Arkansas!

  4. paulie

    I think he just published their press release. But in either case, I’m glad we made it, although it was never in doubt 🙂

    I think Andy and myself got more than half the signatures.

  5. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I remember seeing some pictures of turning them in. Do you know where they are?

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