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8 key ballot access races for The Libertarian Party

Each election cycle, the Libertarian Party works hard to get our candidates on as many ballots across the country as we can.

The results on Election Day will determine how much time, money, and effort will be needed to achieve ballot access in 50 states plus D.C. for our 2020 presidential nominee, just as we did in 2016.

Here are eight important races for Libertarian Party ballot access:

Travis Irvine
Travis Irvine, Ohio

Travis is running for governor of Ohio in a four-way race. The national Libertarian Party and the Libertarian Party of Ohio have invested more than $200,000 in petitioning efforts to run candidates in Ohio for 2018. If Travis gets 3 percent of the vote or more, Libertarians would automatically achieve 2020 ballot access Ohio. Travis is currently polling at 4.1 percent.

Jilletta Jarvis
Jilletta Jarvis, New Hampshire

Jilletta is running for governor of New Hampshire, reaching out to people who have been marginalized by the current adminstration. She is working with dozens of non-profit groups to help address the opioid epidemic in New Hampshire. Ballot access for 2020 will automatically be secured for New Hampshire if Jilletta recieves 4 percent of the vote.

Larry Sharpe
Larry Sharpe, New York

Larry Sharpe is running for governor of New York. Larry has campaigned in every county in the state and has received considerable media attention, including interviews on The Rubin Report, The Joe Rogan Experience, and FOX’s Kennedy. If Larry receives 50,000 votes, that would secure ballot access for New York Libertarians for the next four years. This would be a historic achievement for the Libertarian Party in New York.

Jake Porter
Jake Porter, Iowa

Jake Porter is running for governor of Iowa. Jake is focusing on educating voters about critical issues like criminal justice reform. If he achieves 2 percent of the vote, the Libertarian Party will have automatic ballot access in Iowa in 2020. Jake recently polled at 7 percent.

See the last 4 races in the full post @ The Libertarian Party

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Gene Berkman

Owner of Renaissance Books in Riverside, CA. Longtime activist in The Libertarian Movement


  1. William T. Forrest William T. Forrest November 13, 2018


    OH: Didn’t get 3% but under at least one interpretation of the law we get 2020 anyway.

    NH: Nope.

    NY: Yep.

    IA: Nope.

    IN: Yep.

    MI: I haven’t found out yet, but I’m guessing no.

    OK: Yep.

    CT: Nope, but presidential is retained thanks to GJ-WW 2016.

    Overall: I believe this is the best presidential ballot access the LP has ever had coming out of a midterm, especially given that even some of the states that need to be done again like PA are much easier than in the past, and many of the biggest hurdles such as OK and NY are in the bag.

    When is the last time, if ever, that any third party has come out of a midterm with a better start on presidential ballot access?

  2. George Phillies George Phillies November 8, 2018

    And Fishman got over 4%, which represents prgress relative to our last statewide candidate, Bob Underwood.

  3. Jim Jim November 6, 2018

    Thanks. The Worcester Telegram was the 40th endorsement of a Libertarian candidate from a newspaper or organization that I’ve recorded for 2018. I am almost positive there are at least a few more in Washington State, but they’re behind a paywall.

    I found 43 for 2016 so far, but 15 of those were for President.

  4. George Phillies George Phillies November 6, 2018

    Boston Globe. Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

  5. Jim Jim November 6, 2018

    What was the other paper to endorse Fishman?

  6. George Phillies George Phillies November 5, 2018

    It’s great to see that for a change the LNC gets Massachusetts Election law right.

    However, Libertarian State Auditor candidate Dan Fishman has the endorcement of two of the state’s four leading newspapers, and is apparently polling at 35%. The Democratic incumbent is polling at 45%. The Republican is a weak third.

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