The LNC executive committee is meeting tonight to discuss ballot access. Details are at the link and towards the bottom of this article.
The LP’s current presidential ballot access map as of this writing is:
While this is an easier map than the party has ever faced at this point in the year in past presidential elections, and 50 state plus access for its presidential nominees was achieved in 2016, 2000 (albeit with a different presidential ticket in Arizona), 1996 and 1992, it fell short of that in other years. It is unclear whether all the remaining ballot access hurdles can be overcome due to the effect of coronavirus on petitioning and fundraising.
The party is suing and/or planning to sue multiple states to ease access by reducing or eliminating the signature requirement and/or allowing e-sigs. So far, it has scored a victory in Illinois, where the 25,000 valid signatures required would have been the highest hurdle in 2020. Maryland is the next highest remaining hurdle at 10,000 signatures and the party is suing to reduce that to 1,000. Pennsylvania, Virginia and Alabama are next with 5,000 each; Pennsylvania and Virginia already have lawsuits pending.
Some of the other remaining states need a thousand valid signatures or less: Tennessee (275), New Jersey (800), Rhode Island and Washington State (1000 each). Iowa needs 1,500, and Wisconsin and Minnesota need 2,000 each.
Various states are starting to open up for petitioning. Ballot Access News reports:
An experienced professional petitioner recently attempted to petition for a minor party in Alaska. He reports that petitioning is much more difficult than in normal times. Wearing the mask creates problems. No one can see the petitioner’s smile. The petitioner’s voice is somewhat muffled, and in hot weather, wearing a mask is uncomfortable.
He was only able to obtain signatures at 40% of his normal rate in that location, which is in front of a grocery store.
For comparison, here are the next two parties in terms of ballot access. These maps may or may not be currently updated; Ballot Access News has a chart for comparison:
Green Party ballot access map as it currently appears on their website:
Green = on ballot
Yellow = petitioning in progress
However, some of the states in green consider themselves to be independent of the national party (Oregon) and thus not bound by its national nomination decision, while at least one (New Mexico) has already chosen to run a different ticket than the one chosen by the national convention.
Other parties have even less ballot access. It’s likely that by the time the Green Party convention happens in July they will be on the ballot in a majority of states.
Tonight’s LP national exec com meeting details, via LP.org (link at top of this article):
Notice of LNC Executive Committee Meeting June 1 2020 at 8pm Eastern
by LP Secretary on June 1, 2020 in Meeting Announcements, News
There will be an Executive Committee Meeting to discuss ballot access encumbrance.
Date: Monday June 1, 2020
Time: 8::00pm Eastern
Libertarian Party is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Executive Committee Meeting
Time: Jun 1, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 843 5661 7570
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