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Rhode Island confirmed: Johnson/Weld on ballots in all 50 states

News via a Facebook live video from Christopher S. Thrasher, ballot access director for the campaign, who confirms that ballot access has been officially verified in Rhode Island, the last state remaining.

The last time the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee achieved nation-wide ballot access was for the 1996 campaign of Harry Browne. The party was on the ballot in all 50 states plus DC again in 2000, but the Arizona Libertarian Party nominated a different candidate than the national party. In 2012, the party’s presidential ticket was on the ballot in 48 states.

In other ballot access news, the chair of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota (that state’s Democratic Party), has filed a lawsuit challenging the ballot access of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The Minnesota GOP had forgotten to elect alternate presidential electors at their convention; the state party committee appointed alternate electors shortly before the deadline. DFL’s lawsuit is challenging the legality of that move, and is asking the state supreme court to remove Trump and Pence from the ballot.

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  1. cbbruuno cbbruuno September 14, 2016

    Technically speaking Rhode Island is not official yet.

  2. Trent Hill Trent Hill September 12, 2016

    McMullin has missed tons of easy states, including Mississippi, so I cannot imagine he made 20 states. Last I saw, it was round 10.

    I wish he werent on the ballot in NM and Utah. Johnson would likely catch his votes and be competitive.

  3. Andy Andy September 12, 2016

    I do not believe that claim from Egg McMuffin, I mean Evan McMullin. Maybe he is including states where he has official write in status.

  4. Peter B. Gemma Peter B. Gemma September 12, 2016

    McMullin claims (in an email solicitation) that he is on the ballot in 20 states – true?

  5. Richard Winger Richard Winger September 9, 2016

    1980, 1992, 1996, and 2016 are the only ones. There was a Libertarian on in 2000 in every ballot, but in Arizona it was not Harry Browne; it was L. Neil Smith.

  6. Curt Boyd Curt Boyd September 9, 2016

    A great accomplishment for sure. Oklahoma and Pennsylvania were both pretty significant court wins for ballot access as well. Am I correct that this would be the fifth time that the Libertarians were on all 51 ballots?

  7. steve m steve m September 9, 2016

    And cheers to the instigator of ballot access in Oklahoma….

    cheers to those who went down there and pushed it through.

  8. Richard Winger Richard Winger September 9, 2016

    Amen, and don’t forget Bob Johnston, who has had the job of checking each state’s presidential filing paperwork. Lots can go wrong. In 1988 the Missouri Libertarian Party petition had enough valid signatures but the presidential electors were turned in late, so Ron Paul was off the ballot. In 1996 the Arizona Libertarian Party was late with its presidential electors, and the Secretary of State said Harry Browne therefore couldn’t be on, but we sued and won.

  9. ATBAFT ATBAFT September 9, 2016

    Bill Redpath has every reason to be proud, and the LP has every reason to be proud of Bill.

  10. Jim Jim September 9, 2016

    I’m not sure, but I think McMullin is on in 9: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

  11. José C José C September 9, 2016

    This is great. Are we on the ballot in Guam?

  12. Richard Winger Richard Winger September 9, 2016

    Stein missed 6 ballots so she is on in 44 states and DC. The six are South Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana.

  13. Andy Craig Andy Craig Post author | September 9, 2016

    Nader was on 43+DC in 2000. Does that count of 44 for Stein include DC?

  14. Tony From Long Island Tony From Long Island September 9, 2016

    ” . . . . However, things are not looking bright for the CP… . . . ”

    Maybe they should pray for it . . . .

  15. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak September 9, 2016

    Quite a heck of an accomplishment. Hopefully Tom Woods will be on 50 states, too.

    Stein is on 44, which is, I believe, a record for the Green Party.

    However, things are not looking bright for the CP…

  16. Timothy Yung Timothy Yung September 9, 2016

    Congrats! This great news regardless of political affliation.

  17. cbbuuno cbbuuno September 9, 2016

    Thanks. It wasn’t RI I was thinking of but obviously I got some state wrong when I was doing the count.

  18. Richard Winger Richard Winger September 9, 2016

    Castle didn’t do Rhode Island, so he is only on in 24.

  19. cbbruuno cbbruuno September 9, 2016

    Congrats to LP. Well done.
    IF I have it right the number of state ballots (not including DC) are-
    Johnson 50
    Stein 44
    Castle 25
    Anyone know the numbers for Rocky, McMullin, La Riva, Soltysik & Kennedy?

  20. JamesT JamesT September 9, 2016

    Good job! For many people it will likely be the best option.

  21. Election Addict Election Addict September 9, 2016


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