LP Concedes Ballot Access In Alabama


As the 2018 election gets underway, many state affiliates of the Libertarian Party are diligently gathering signatures to place their candidates on their state’s ballot and potentially secure ballot access for the future. Ballot access gained now can ensure that less resources have to be dedicated in 2020 to gathering signatures for the Party’s presidential ticket, and more of the budget can be dedicated to publicity and campaigning.

While the goal of these drives is always countrywide ballot access, it is not always possible to achieve that and unfortunately, this will not be possible in 2018. In a letter sent to LP members, Executive Director Wes Benedict states “We recently conceded that it just wasn’t feasible to do Alabama this year, and that was after two generous donors had already pledged $25,000 each if we were to go forward with Alabama. Some Alabama activists are going to attempt ballot access for a county or two (which requires far fewer signatures), but statewide ballot access for Alabama is not going to happen in 2018.”

This struggle is partially due to the special election for senate (that included controversial Republican Roy Moore) and Alabama’s strict access laws that contain the highest vote requirement for petitions and a 20% requirement in the previous election to remain on the ballot.

Benedict continues to explain that ballot access efforts are being pushed heavily in four states and $300,000 is dedicated to getting signatures in Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois and New York. Ohio has the most of the budget dedicated towards it due to the denial of ballot access in 2016 on a technicality.

Getting the LP on the ballot for the first time in Tennessee, and guaranteeing Larry Sharpe New York gubernatorial run is successful are also goals of the Party. Benedict believes “If Sharpe gets 50,000 votes in November, the LP New York will finally have ballot access without having to petition again every two years. […] I’m confident Larry can get well over 50,000 votes for Governor […].”

In order to donate to the Libertarian Party’s ballot access initiatives, click here.

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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