Libertarian Party: Candidate Deadlines Coming Soon in Some States

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Thinking about running for office in 2016?

Deadlines coming soon in some states!

Texas: December 14 (Today!)
North Carolina: December 21
Mississippi: January 8
Maryland: February 3
Alabama: March 1
Nebraska: March 1
If you plan to run in one of these states, contact your state party ASAP!

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10 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: Candidate Deadlines Coming Soon in Some States

  1. Mark Axinn

    New York bifurcated petitioning periods for federal and state offices. Federal period starts and ends three weeks earlier than state offices. We will likely concentrate on the former this year and leave it to local chapters to nominate and run local candidates if they can.

  2. Scott Lieberman

    I wonder if the Republicans in Texas conspired with the Democrats to pass that law to make sure the Libertarian and Green Parties do not retain ballot access.

    The solution to this for the LP of Texas is simple: LP of Texas raises as much money as possible for the one down ballot Nominee that has the best chance of getting 5% of the vote. The marginal cost of votes is a lot lower when you are trying to go from 3% to 5% than it is when you are trying to go from 48% to 50%.

  3. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Scott,

    ==I wonder if the Republicans in Texas conspired with the Democrats to pass that law to make sure the Libertarian and Green Parties do not retain ballot access.==

    Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

  4. Andy

    Passing that law had nothing to do with the LP or Greens.

    Here is what happened. A sitting Texas Supreme Court Justice turned in petition signatures that were of low validity and where not all of them were properly notarized. There was an anti-establishment candidate who ran against this Supreme Court Justice in the Republican primary. The anti-establishment’s petitioning was done correctly, so his campaign challenged the petitions of the Supreme Court Justice. They proved in court that the Supreme Court Justice did not have enough valid petition signatures to appear on the ballot, but the judge in the case ignored this and put this Supreme Court Justice on the ballot anyway.

    The law change happened to avoid future situations where establishment backed candidates do not have enough valid petition signatures to get on the ballot.

  5. Andy

    It actually took away some work from petition circulators because it eliminated primary ballot access petitions for major party candidates (presidential candidates for the primaries were already exempt from this). These signature requirements were not high, but occasionally they had to hire people.

  6. paulie

    It looks like the LP will have to petition regularly to get on the ballot in Texas now and maybe also the Greens if they manage to do it.

  7. Andy

    The LP or Green will only have to petition in Texas if none of their candidates for statewide office get 5% of the vote. I thought that the vote test requirement in Texas was 2% of the vote.

    The LP and Greens ought consider o agreeing to not run candidates for certain statewide offices so that they each have a few three way races against D’s and R’s, which would increase their chances of getting 5% of the vote.

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