Glenn Davis: Even in Third Place, Libertarian Party Has Significant Impact in Elections

From Glenn Davis at the Independent Voter Network:

“As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.” – Preamble to the Libertarian Party Platform

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was the 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for President of the United States. Johnson placed third in the general election, garnering over 1,275,000 votes; the next closest finisher — Jill Stein of the Green Party — received less than 500,000.

The success and growth of the Libertarian Party reflects a corresponding decline in registration of voters aligning with the Democratic and Republican parties. Libertarians have party affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They claim to be the only party outside of the Democrats and Republicans to own a permanent national headquarters.

Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark expressed in an email interview for IVN that it is the party’s goal to have at least 1,000 Libertarian candidates across the country in the 2016 election. Its presidential nominee will be decided at the party’s national convention, which will be held in Orlando in May 2016.

Improved ballot access, according to Sarwark, is also a key objective for the party’s future as well as a fundamental challenge:

“The biggest barriers we face are discriminatory ballot access and election laws written and enacted by old party politicians who are so afraid of political competition that they will deny choices to the citizens.” – Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian Party

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