LP Iowa Excluded From State Polls Despite Major Party Status

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Iowa’s recent poll on which party its resident would vote for in 2018 excluded the Libertarian Party despite that the Iowa party reached major party status in the last year.

The Libertarian Party of Iowa earned the status due to Gary Johnson receiving 3.8% of the state’s votes; 1.8% more than the requirement for a 3rd party to achieve that status.

“ In limiting choice for independent voters, the poll is essentially funneling these voters into the two parties which they have rejected. If Iowans are unaware that the Libertarians are now a major party with ballot access, with their own primary, caucus, and candidates, how are they able to make fully informed choices?” stated Joseph Howe in a letter to the Editor.

Howe also noted “Debate facilitators use the Iowa Poll, as well as others, to determine debate participation on major media outlets. Without Libertarian inclusion, how are Iowans to know all of their choices?”

 

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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