The Libertarian Party is now a recognized party in Maine, as the Secretary of State’s office announced that more than enough Libertarian voters had been registered.
The law was changed in 2014 so that a new party would need at least 5,000 registered members by December 1 in the year prior to a general election to become recognized. Maine Libertarians submitted more than 6,300 registered voter forms by the deadline last year, but almost 2,000 were thrown out, so that the party would not appear on the 2016 ballot. A judge later ruled that 4,513 registrations were valid, and that the Maine Libertarians would have until July 12 to submit the remaining 487 registrations to become a party.
To retain party status, the party will have to have at least 10,000 registered voters participate in the November election.
The LP presidential and vice presidential nominees are now on the ballot in 35 states.