Iowa: Libertarians Gain Official Party Status

From the Ottumwa, Iowa Courier:

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that the Libertarian Party of Iowa has obtained official political party status in Iowa, effective March 1. Libertarian presidential nominee, Gary Johnson received 59,186 votes, which was 3.8 percent of the vote in the November 2016 general election, surpassing the two percent threshold required by Iowa Code to obtain official political party status.

The Libertarian Party of Iowa will maintain official status so long as its gubernatorial and presidential candidates continue to receive 2% or more of the popular vote in each election. That status does not eliminate petitioning requirements for candidates, but according to Ballotpedia it does change those requirements, in some cases from raw numbers to percentages of party voters.

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  1. George Dance

    Good news, and I’ll probably use this story on my own blog this week.

    On the other hand, I ran this story back in December:

    “December 5, 2016 – “It’s official. Republican Donald Trump outpolled Democrat Hillary Clinton by 147,314 votes in Iowa’s general-election balloting to claim the state’s six presidential electoral votes.

    “Four members of the Iowa Executive Council – acting as the state’s Board of Canvass – unanimously certified the Nov. 8 election results on Monday closing the books on a near-record turnout year that drew 1,581,371 absentee and Election-day participants….

    “”Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson finished third behind Trump and Clinton in Iowa’s presidential balloting with 59,186 votes, while Evan McMullin drew 12,366 by petition, Green Party candidate Jill Stein garnered 11,479 and 17,746 votes went to write-in candidates.

    “Johnson’s total was significant because the 3.8 percent support surpassed the 2 percent threshold needed to qualify the Libertarian Party to be granted the same major-party status as the Republican and Democratic parties – meaning future Libertarian candidates automatically will be on Iowa’s primary-election ballot and have access to checkoff money as one of the eligible parties listed on the state income tax return, Pate said.”

    So why an announcement now, by the same bureaucrat, 4 months later? What took 4 months?

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