Libertarian Registration Rose 8.3% in Last Seven Months

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Ballot Access News reports:

Between March and October 2014, Libertarian voter registration rose 8.3%. Voter registration as a whole rose 1.4% during the same period. Independent and miscellaneous rose 2.7%. Democratic registration rose .7%. Republican registration rose 1.0%. Green Party registration rose 2.1%.

The Constitution Party new total is still not known, because the Pennsylvania figure is still unavailable.

All data above only refers to states that have registration by party. The December 1, 2014 printed Ballot Access News will have a chart showing the vote by party, for each state.

26 thoughts on “Libertarian Registration Rose 8.3% in Last Seven Months

  1. Dave Terry

    PF> “The December 1, 2014 printed Ballot Access News will have a chart showing the vote by party, for each state.”<

    Will this report show the PERCENTAGE of voter registrations, by party?

  2. Martin Passoli

    The LP needs to figure out how to convert this to more contributions, pledges and memberships.

  3. Dave Terry

    Good luck with THAT!

    It’s pretty hard when SOME members of this party object to the very idea of “dues paying members”!!

  4. Starchild

    I’m not one who pays close attention to these types of numbers, but an 8.3% in Libertarian voter registration in seven months sounds pretty huge. Other than in the very early days of the LP, or short periods when the party has put lots of resources into voter registration campaigns, have we *ever* seen growth this rapid in the number of voters declaring their affiliation to the Libertarian Party?

  5. Joshua Katz

    We turn members into donors by consistently delivering value, not by finding ways to demand our members either donate or quit. We consistently deliver value when we succeed in the goals our members wish for us to achieve – first and foremost, promoting and electing candidates who will reliably move policy towards freedom.

  6. Martin Passoli

    “contributions, pledges and memberships.” – Only one of those three is “donate or quit,” and even then, there’s a “free” membership option. Even the people who object to dues paying as a requirement for membership presumably don’t object to donations in general.

  7. Joshua Katz

    Martin, to be clear, I agree with you. I was disagreeing with Mr. Terry who seems to think that we can only raise money by requiring our members to pay. I fully support seeking contributions and pledges. I also support crowd-funding our projects – I want to list potential projects that the LNC has approved but not funded, and allow people to pledge to projects of their choices.

    We have moved in that direction, but I will continue to work to see such things. I do not think crowd-funding should replace LNC decision-making; that is, I don’t think we should have a crowd-funding system where donors can make something happen that our elected leaders think is harmful. But I do think the LNC should be free to approve projects without funding them, and then open them up for specific donations – which will not be collected unless sufficient pledges are made to make the project happen.

  8. paulie Post author

    I?m not one who pays close attention to these types of numbers, but an 8.3% in Libertarian voter registration in seven months sounds pretty huge. Other than in the very early days of the LP, or short periods when the party has put lots of resources into voter registration campaigns, have we *ever* seen growth this rapid in the number of voters declaring their affiliation to the Libertarian Party?

    Some comparisons of past trends:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2014/04/lp-org-libertarian-party-bucks-trend-with-11-increase-in-voter-registration/

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014
    Libertarian Party bucks trend with 11% increase in voter registration
    WASHINGTON ? According to ballot access expert Richard Winger, Libertarian Party voter registration in the U.S. has grown 11.4% since late 2012.

    Someone else will have to calculate the percentage change per year, but here is some additional historical perspective:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2013/01/ballot-access-news-updated-voter-registration-totals/

    March 2012:

    D 41.85% 43,512,746

    R 30.10% 31,298,863

    Independent 25.79% 26,808,810

    LP 0.32%
    330,811

    Green 0.24%
    250,682

    Constitution 0.07%
    77,918

    Totals October 2010 were: Dem. 43,140,758 (42.98%), Rep. 30,700,138 (30.58%), Indp. & misc. 24,359,097 (24.27%), AIP/Constitution 476,669 (.47%), Libertarian 278,446 (.28%), Green 246,145 (.25%), Working Families 44,867 (.04%), Reform 30,237 (.03%), other parties 1,107,843 (1.10%).

    Totals October 2008 were: Dem. 43,933,901 (43.62%), Rep. 30,944,590 (30.72%), Indp. & misc. 24,157,259 (23.98%), AIP/Constitution 438,222 (.44%), Green 255,019 (.25%), Libertarian 240,328 (.24%), Reform 32,961 (.03%), other parties 675,980 (.67%).

    Totals October 2004 were: Dem. 37,301,951 (42.19%), Rep. 28,988,593 (32.79%), Indp. & misc. 20,471,250 (23.15%), Constitution 320,019 (.36%), Green 298,701 (.34%), Libertarian 235,521 (.27%), Reform 63,729 (.07%), Natural Law 39,670 (.04%), other parties 695,639 (.79%).

    Totals October 2000 were: Dem. 38,529,264 (43.84%), Rep. 28,813,511 (32.78%), Indp. & misc. 18,999,126 (21.62%), Constitution 348,977 (.40%), Libertarian 224,713 (.26%), Green 193,332 (.22%), Reform 99,408 (.11%), Natural Law 61,405 (.07%), other parties 620,668 (.71%).

    Totals October 1992 were: Dem. 35,616,630 (47.76%), Rep. 24,590,383 (32.97%), Indp. & misc. 13,617,167 (18.26%), Green 102,557 (.14%), Libertarian 100,394 (.13%), other parties 554,668 (.74%).

  9. Steve M

    I have the data for California on a spread sheet starting March 7th 2000 if anyone is interested.

    but a snap shot would show Libertarian registration as percentages of registered voters for California as

    0.60% in 2000
    0.48% in 2008 the low point
    0.60% in November 2012
    0.68% November 2014

  10. paulie Post author

    Pretty sure BAN archives have a state by state breakdown with different years, parties, raw numbers as well as percentages.

  11. Steve M

    Number wise…. there are now 120,804 registered libertarian voters in California… how many of these voters pay dues? how many of them would be welcome to participate in the selection of candidates? Vote at state party functions?

    A party of just activists is very small… I want a party of voters.

    Donations are great, dues are like poll taxes…. better to get donations in my opinion. Yes my dues have expired and I wont pay them again… counting my donations as a dues payment discourages me from making donations.

    I will make donations to individuals or teams that are doing something I think is worth while.

  12. paulie Post author

    Those CA numbers seem to be in line with the national trend, although above the baseline because they did a big voter registration drive in the late 70s to get ballot access.

  13. Dave Terry

    Steve M> “Donations are great, dues are like poll taxes…. better to get donations in my opinion. Yes my dues have expired and I wont pay them again… counting my donations as a dues payment discourages me from making donations””A party of just activists is very small. I want a party of voters.”<

    ONE does not preclude the OTHER! I'd venture that voters are the given: without "ACTIVISTS",(and candidates) those voters are as relevant as stalks in a corn field!!!

  14. Dave Terry

    PF> although above the baseline because they did a big voter registration drive in the late 70s to get ballot access.”<

    WHO did a big registration drive? Did those registered voters, recruit themselves?
    Did those corn stalks plant themselves??

  15. Steve M

    Dave Terry,

    In California?

    Earlier discussion stated maybe 60 attendees to the Libertarian State Convention, seems like registration is increasing independent of activists.

    I would suggest that the collapse of the Republican party and the Democratic anti legalize pot has probably done the most for the Libertarian party registration. Brand name recognition over activism.

    I have the other party numbers as well in 2000 35% of the registered voters were Republican…. in Nov 2014 they were down to 28%. The unaffiliated went from 14% to 23%. The Democrats went from 45.7 to 43.3%. So the Libertarian swing is pretty small.

  16. andy

    The lp did a big voter registration drive for ballot access in california in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Some of the work was done by unpaid volunteers, but most of it was done by people who got paid.

  17. Ken Moellman

    For LPKY, I create a chart of our registration totals over time. I did this using a few sources. Early data points are where LPKY had purchased the KY voter list. Newer data points are from whenever the KY State Board of Elections puts out a new report (usually monthly).

    KY started tracking Libertarian registrations as of January 1st, 2006. However, we’re not explicitly listed on the voter registration card. A voter must mark “Other” and then write “Libertarian” on the line behind “Other” (which simply says “write name here” — a lot of people re-write their name there).

    When redistricting happened, we were without data for about 9 months. So we created an “estimate” instead. When the list came back online, we found we were ahead of the estimates, so we kept that in there to show it. You can see the latest chart from October here: http://www.lpky.org/sites/default/files/LP_REGVOTERS_STATS_2014_08.jpg

  18. paulie Post author

    So the Libertarian swing is pretty small.

    Pretty big in overall numbers/pecentage nationwide; we have had probably 50% growth or more since 2000, and it’s accelerating.

    And that’s without an organized voter registration drive (with very few minor exceptions in a few states that are background noise compared to the overall total).

    The lp did a big voter registration drive for ballot access in california in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Some of the work was done by unpaid volunteers, but most of it was done by people who got paid.

    Yes, I mentioned that earlier in the thread:

    Those CA numbers seem to be in line with the national trend, although above the baseline because they did a big voter registration drive in the late 70s to get ballot access.

  19. Martin Passoli

    “I fully support seeking contributions and pledges. I also support crowd-funding our projects – I want to list potential projects that the LNC has approved but not funded, and allow people to pledge to projects of their choices.”

    These are good ideas. Are you getting any traction with them on the LNC?

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  21. paulie Post author

    We’re also looking for help in creating graphics off this discussion, such as the year to comparison of registration growth and other such ideas. Let me know if anyone with design skills wants to help with that or other design projects for the LP.

    Also, if anyone has good ideas for stuff to share via the LP national facebook and twitter, both of which I can now post to.

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