Richard Winger: Maine Libertarian Party Registration Drive Seems Likely to Succeed

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Maine requires a group that wishes to become a qualified party to obtain 5,000 registered members. This requirement was created in 2013, and replaced the old, very difficult 5% petition that had been in the law starting in 1976. The Maine Libertarian Party has been carrying on a voter registration drive for the last six months, and now has over 5,000 registrations, although they have not all yet been submitted to election officials. The drive is continuing with a goal of 6,000, for safety.

The last time the Libertarian Party was a qualified party in Maine was 1991-1992. Currently the Green Party is ballot-qualified in Maine. The Reform Party was also a ballot-qualified party in Maine in the 1990’s, but before that Maine hadn’t had any ballot-qualified parties other than the Republican and Democratic Parties since the 1910’s decade.

One thought on “Richard Winger: Maine Libertarian Party Registration Drive Seems Likely to Succeed

  1. Andy

    I’ve got to wonder what the quality of these registrations are, being that non-libertarian mercenaries are working on this drive, and actual Libertarians were turned away from working on it, even though there were several long time Libertarians who were ready, willing, and able to work on this registration drive.

    I would not be surprised if most of the people registered because they signed a petition to legalize weed, and they don’t know much if anything about the party beyond legalizing weed, if they even know that.

    A person who favors legalizing marijuana is not necessarily a libertarian. This is one libertarian issue, but it takes a lot more than this for one to be a libertarian. Lots of people think that marijuana should be legal, but most of these people are not libertarians.

    It will be nice if the Libertarian Party qualifies for the ballot in Maine, but whatever job that is done could have been done better if actual Libertarian activists were working there.

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