Arkansas Libertarians submit 15,709 signatures for party status, Greens forgo non-Presidential races

From talkbusiness.net via KATV:

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas submitted 15,709 signatures to the secretary of state’s office Tuesday – far more than the 10,000 needed to qualify for the ballot.

Dr. Michael Pakko, newly elected LPA chair, said the party began collecting signatures March 20 using volunteers and paid petitioners funded with a grant from the Libertarian National Committee.

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Arkansas Makes Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Independent Candidates Much Earlier

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 29, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB 8, the bill that moves the primary for all office in 2016 from late May to early March, and which moves the petition deadline for new parties to September 2015 and the non-presidential independent deadline to November 2015.… Read more ...

Alabama Ballot Access Hearing Set for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11 AM

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Ballot Access News:

The Alabama Senate Constitution, Ethics & Elections Committee will hear SB 221 on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. This is the bill to ease the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates, and also to set a later petition deadline for new parties.

Members of the Constitution Party, and possibly members of the Libertarian Party and/or other parties, plan to be in attendance.… Read more ...

Ballot access in the courts: decisions expected in AL, IL, MO, NM, and OH

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from Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In Alabama, U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson will decide Hall v Bennett. The issue is whether the state’s severe 3% petition requirement for independent candidates must be eased when special elections are called, given that the time frame to collect signatures in a special election is so much shorter than in a regular election.

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Kentucky Libertarian Loses Debate Lawsuit

From Ballot Access News:

On Saturday, October 11, David Patterson, the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, lost his lawsuit to gain entry into a debate sponsored by Kentucky Educational Television, which is a state agency. U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the government may sponsor candidate debates limited to candidates “with a realistic chance of winning”.… Read more ...

Hawaii Libertarian Party Back on Ballot

Bob Jonston, LNC contractor informs me that the Hawaii LP is now back on the ballot, the period for invalidating/challenging signatures having now passed. The law requires 706 valid signatures.

Previous IPR article quoting Ballot Access News:

Nationally, the Libertarian Party has completed three statewide petitions for ballot access during 2013: Hawaii, North Dakota, and Arkansas.

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Libertarian Party of Arkansas fundraising for 2014 ballot access

Via email:

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas is fundraising for 2014 ballot access. Post this link for people to donate: http://lpar.org/ballotaccess2014/

And from past stories on the LP of Arkansas front page:

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas, in it’s first time at bat with full ballot access, elected a partisan Libertarian to office!

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Howie Hawkins, Others Respond to Rob Sherman On Illinois Ballot Access Challenges

In response to arguments made by Rob Sherman, the Cook County, Illinois Green Party Chair who has challenged other alternative parties seeking a place on the ballot, prominent New York Green and 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins has the following in Ballot Access News comments:

My appeal to Mr.

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Arkansas Libertarian Party Soon Will Start Petition to Qualify as a Party for 2012

Ballot Access News:

The Arkansas Libertarian Party will launch a petition drive in April to qualify for the 2012 ballot as a full-fledged party. The party has virtually met its goal of raising $30,000 to pay for the petition drive, which needs 10,000 valid signatures, to be collected in any three months of the party’s own choosing.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of California has phone bank to stop Prop 14

Email from Debbie Tharp:

Prop 14 in California in incumbent protection and access prevention. Loss of ballot access in California is a loss for the nation as a whole. Prop 14 (the top two initiative) allows voters to vote for any party they want in the primary elections, and it is being sold as a way to open up the primaries, but any time a similar bill has been passed in any other state, it has resulted in incumbents being re elected 95% of the time.

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Florida US Senate election: Libertarians qualify for first time, Democrat petitions way on, major Republican may switch to independent

The US Senate race in Florida is interesting in several ways. Alex Snitker became the first Libertarian to qualify for the US Senate ballot in the state’s history. The sitting Republican Governor, behind in his own party’s primary, may run as an independent instead. And a Democratic Party candidate has gathered over a hundred thousand signatures to qualify for the ballot instead of paying a filing fee.… Read more ...