Months and months of hard work have been paying off as we cross the ballot-access finish line in more states.
This week, we add Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania to the tally.
That puts us at ballot access in 48 states (plus DC) for 2018!
It is also worth noting and celebrating that this is the first time in 20 years that voters in Connecticut will be able to vote for a Libertarian candidate for Governor!
Plus, the two states without ballot access, Tennessee and Alabama, aren’t completely without ballot access. In fact, Alabama has four candidates on the ballot as Libertarians for local or state house offices. However, we don’t categorize Alabama as fully on the ballot because Alabama Libertarians didn’t qualify for a statewide office.
Tennessee has five candidates on the ballot as independents because they didn’t qualify to get on the ballot as Libertarians. The states of Alabama and Tennessee both make it especially hard for Libertarians to qualify for the ballot – something we’ll continue fighting to improve.
Regarding at least some Libertarians on the ballot in all 50 states, Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News commented, “no other alternative party can be shown to have reached this midterm milestone since 1890, when official balloting began.”
Please join me in congratulating and thanking all those who have pitched in to achieve ballot access for 2018. This includes thousands of activists, volunteers, donors, and staff and the Johnson/Weld campaign which achieved ballot access for us in 37 of these states.
Well done, team!
Onward to Election Day!