Libertarian Takeover: More Lawmakers Are Ditching The Major Parties

by Jay Stooksberry in Campaigns Jul 5, 2017 Getting elected as a third-party candidate is no easy feat in the United States. In fact, the deck is so stacked against alternative candidates — courtesy of gerrymandered voting districts that favor one of the major parties, ballot access laws that make it impossible for third parties to gain momentum with each passing election cycle, …

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Read Austin Petersen’s Goodbye Note to the Libertarian Party

by Nick Gillespie, Reason.com Austin Petersen, the second-place finisher [*] for the 2016 Libertarian Party presidential nomination, is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill. But he's running as a Republican and explains his decision below. For an exclusive, in-depth interview and podcast with Petersen, who also worked as a producer …

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Virginia State Board of Elections Validates Libertarian Gubernatorial Petition

Ballot Access News The Virginia State Board of Elections says the petition for Cliff Hyra, Libertarian nominee for Governor, is valid. He will be the only choice on the November 2017 ballot other than the Republican and Democratic nominees. Thanks to Bill Redpath for this news. The other statewide minor party petition that is being …

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New Louisiana Voter Registration Data

Ballot Access News Here is a current tally for voter registration in Louisiana, for all parties, qualified and unqualified alike. All the qualified parties increased their share of the registration since November 2016, except for the Democratic Party. The June 30 percentages for the qualified parties are: Democratic 44.07%; Republican 30.12%; Independent Party 1.94%; Libertarian .48%; Green …

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Mindy Finn, Running Mate of Evan McMullin, Interviewed

Ballot Access News Here is an interview with Mindy Finn, vice-presidential nominee for Evan McMullin, about her experience in 2016 and what she plans to do next. She is still a registered Republican. Her name did not actually appear on the ballot in any state in November 2016. All eleven states that carried McMullin on the ballot …

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Former Meridian mayoral candidate found shot to death

Therese Apel , The Clarion-Ledger A former mayoral candidate was found shot to death in the woods Monday, the Lauderdale County Coroner said. Mariner Durant, 23, who identifies himself on his Twitter page as the Chairman of the Lauderdale County Libertarian Party, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound Monday afternoon in the woods outside …

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