LP Monday Message: 6 Ballot Access Questions

Dear Friend of Liberty,

You can find answers to the following six questions below (originally posted on our Ballot Access Fund page).

  1. Which state ran a candidate for governor in 2010, set a record high percentage in that race for a Libertarian, but fell a heart-breaking 1,614 votes short of the 50,000 votes needed to achieve ballot access? Hint: The state plans to try again in 2014.
  2. In which state did a Republican governor just sign a bill to kick the LP off the ballot? The state’s 2014 Libertarian candidate for governor proclaimed, “We will not back down and we will fight this!” Hint: That state LP affiliate calls the bill the “John Kasich Re-election Protection Act” and is fighting the act on multiple fronts, including the courts.
  3. In 2008, the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) spent $479,835 for presidential ballot access, resulting in getting on the ballot in 45 states. In 2012, did the LNC spend more or less to get Gary Johnson on the ballot in 48 states plus Washington, D.C.?
  4. Where did we earn qualified party status for the first time ever based on the 2012 election for this jurisdiction’s candidate?
  5. In which state did the 2012 LP candidate for governor earn qualified party status (so we don’t need to petition in the next cycle) — and it’s only the second time in history the party has won ballot access here?
  6. Which two states have petitioned early and qualified for the 2014 ballot this year?

The Republicans and Democrats make ballot access a major burden for the Libertarian Party, but we are fighting back by lobbying, in the courts, at the ballot box, and by raising money and petitioning. Please help us out today.

Please donate to our ballot access fund, and go find the answers to the questions above.

Yours in liberty,

Wes Benedict

Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

  1. New York
  2. Ohio
  3. The LNC spent $97,374 less for presidential ballot access in 2012 than it spent in 2008, yet was on the ballot in three more states plus Washington, D.C.
  4. District of Columbia
    (Thanks to D.C. candidate for delegate Bruce Majors. Taking advantage of that ballot access, Majors and two other D.C. Libertarians filed paperwork last week to run for office in 2014.)
  5. West Virginia
  6. Arkansas & North Dakota

Congratulations to the winners of our Presidential Debate straw poll and thank you to everyone who participated! Use the bottom below to view the results!