Joan Barron: The Third-Party Struggle

Joan Barron

Excerpt from an article in the Casper Star-Tribune:

Don Wills of Laramie County, the chairman of the Country Party and a former chairman of he Libertarian Party, said in an e-mail that the Country Party is not a qualified minor party any more because of the “exclusionary election laws that the Legislature refuses to change. ”

The law requires a minor party candidate to get votes equal to 2 percent of the ballots cast for U.S. Representative to maintain ballot status.

Instead of trying again for ballot status as a minor party, Wills intends to run for governor as an independent, providing that the incumbent, Matt Mead, wins the GOP primary next month over Taylor Haynes and Cindy Hill.

Wills expects Mead to win the nomination. If he doesn’t, Wills will support the winner of the GOP primary, either Haynes or Hill.

With the Country Party out of the mix, Wyoming this year has only two minor third parties eligible to be on the ballot, the Libertarian Party and the Wyoming Constitution Party.

Read the full article here.

8 thoughts on “Joan Barron: The Third-Party Struggle

  1. Wes Wagner

    The Libertarian Party has enough members of an ideological base and a firm commitment to an actual ethos to sustain itself.

  2. Richard Winger

    Wes, are there any concrete plans for a united campaign against the top-two initiative that will be on the ballot just 3 and one-half months from now? When the proponents in Oregon proclaim that their measure treats each voter equally, that must be answered by pointing out that it doesn’t, that it is much kinder to people who intend to vote for major party candidates in November than to voters who desire to vote for other parties and independent candidates.

  3. Wes Wagner


    Dan Meek (independent party) is all over it… plus I am collaborating with Seth Woolley of the pacific green party. This measure is opposed by the Democratic Party .. I am not sure how the republican party apparatus views it, but the Tea Party elements see it as very dangerous.

    One thing anyone can do that makes a large impact is to spend the $1200 required to put an argument against it in the Oregon Voter’s Guide. That book is mailed to every household in Oregon and since this is a 100% vote by mail state, it makes a very large impact.

    In general Oregonians like choices and are very 3rd party friendly, and we have some of the friendliest third party access laws in the country. An extremely similar measure was defeated nearly 2:1 in 2008. Many of the same successful arguments can still be used.

    We do intend to put up a good fight and hopefully Oregon will be “A Bridge Too Far” for the top two campaign.

  4. Wes Wagner


    There is no real limit… however any one organization, individual, etc can only be responsible for one statement as I have always understood the frankenstein monster of the rules. (I could be wrong about that)

    The How-To:

    I have only ever seen references as to “who” can file a statement as “citizens and organizations”

    Oddly I think this means a foreign national can’t… but a company HQ-ed in Ireland could?

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