I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of hearing about the “wasted vote syndrome”. And I’m desperately trying to do something about it. I’m desperately trying to get the Libertarian Party on the ballot in every single state for 2016.
You know why? Because the real wasted vote is a vote for the status quo, for a Republican or Democrat politician. That means that without a Libertarian candidate on the ballot, every single person’s vote is going to go to waste.
But I’ve got a big problem. Right now I’m focused on two current petition drives, in South Dakota and Connecticut, and I urgently need funds to get the necessary signatures. The Libertarian Party needs to collect 6,936 valid signatures in South Dakota and 7,500 in Connecticut. It will cost a total of $40,000 for those two states, and if we fall even a single signature short then all our efforts will have truly gone to waste. We can’t let that happen.
The good news is that we know we can do it. We’ve mostly completed a petition drive in Oklahoma which gathered over 40,000 signatures! It happened because we lobbied the Oklahoma legislature to reduce the signature requirement from an impossibly high number to a merely enormously difficult number. I am so grateful to all the donors who helped make this happen, and especially to Richard Winger, the editor of Ballot Access News, who thought Oklahoma ballot status was so critical that he personally donated $30,000.
But the bad news is that we’re close to being tapped out by the Oklahoma effort. I can’t ask Richard Winger for another $30,000 (even if he could afford it), so I have to ask you to make a contribution.
Will you please contribute whatever you can, $10, $25, $50, $100, or even $500 so that we can complete the ballot drives in South Dakota and Connecticut?
The Libertarian Party has a great opportunity this year. The voters in South Dakota and Connecticut and every other state deserve a real choice, not another wasted vote.
Please help make it happen.
Yours in Liberty,
Wes Benedict, Executive Director