A couple of months ago, the Arkansas state legislature pulled some shenanigans and rapidly pushed through an “emergency bill” to make it nearly three times harder for us to get ballot access there. Why? Because Republicans are scared to compete with us.
But we are not deterred! We have a long and proud history of persistence and hard work which help us overcome obstacles like this and achieve ballot access.
In fact, we’ve already begun the petition drive needed to overcome these obstacles in Arkansas. And we have filed a lawsuit that this legislation, intended to keep us off the ballot for political reasons, is unconstitutional.
The Libertarian Party is very serious about getting on — and staying on — the ballot in Arkansas.
Other state LPs are facing similar issues and our team is working to help them as much as possible.
Today, I’m asking you to give toward our ballot access work.
Ballot access is political jargon for “putting candidates on ballots.”
Every day, there are people in power who are looking for ways to limit your options on the ballot. They don’t want to have to compete on their own merits on Election Day, so one of their strategies is to keep other people off the ballot.
But, throughout the election cycle, we work methodically and strategically to make progress. And we make tremendous progress.
In fact, in 2016, our presidential nominee was on EVERY ballot in America.
This is the culmination of decades of work and is an incredible achievement.
Our goal is to do this again in 2020.
Please give to our Ballot Access Fund and help us defend your rights to participate in the political process.
Chair, Ballot Access Committee