Michigan is refusing to put the name of Gary Johnson of New Mexico, Gary Johnson of Texas, or anyone else on the ballot as the Libertarian Party candidate for President.
Christopher M. Thomas, the Michigan Director of Elections, sent a letter dated Friday, September 7, to Bill Gelineau, the Libertarian Party of Michigan political director, saying the name of Gary E. Johnson of Austin, Texas, a former national secretary of the Libertarian Party, "will not appear on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot."
Governor Johnson’s name was on the Republican primary ballot on February 28, in spite of his effort to withdraw. The "sore loser law" prohibits a candidate who was on one party’s primary ballot from appearing on the general election ballot as the candidate of another
The Libertarian Party has ballot access in Michigan because it received more than a certain percentage of the vote in a previous election. As a "qualified" party under the Michigan Election Law, it is entitled to list all of its candidates on the ballot.
Delegates at the state convention in Livonia on Saturday, June 2, knowing of the "sore loser law" controversy, nominated both Johnson of New Mexico and Johnson of Texas for President.
The Libertarian Party of Michigan notified the state of its Presidential nomination and electors on Monday, June 4.
He noted that the Republican Party, which had intervened in the case on the side of the state, had declared in its written brief, "the statute does not prohibit … the Party from nominating virtually whoever it wants as its candidate for President…. The statue’s only effect is to prevent the Party from nominating as its candidate any of a few dozen people who ran for a different party’s nomination in a primary election earlier this election cycle."
"The Libertarian Party is entitled under the Michigan Election Law to have somebody on the ballot as its candidate for President. If it is not going to be Governor Johnson, then I am that somebody," he said.