Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Libertarians collect 16,000 signatures to be on Arkansas ballot in 2014

Libertarians to be on the ballot in Arkansas for 2014 elections - West Palm Beach Libertarian | - Karl Dickey:

October 16, 2013 - "Yesterday, officials with the Libertarian Party of Arkansas (LPAR) traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to submit over 16,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State in order to qualify for ballot access in 2014. Unlike the Republican and Democratic parties in Arkansas, Libertarians must go through this process which costs the state party human and financial resources that could be used for debates, advertising campaigns and other activities to get qualified candidates in front of the public.

"The state requires 10,000 signatures of registered voters in Arkansas in order to grant them 'New Political Party”\' status. Once the signatures are turned over, the Secretary of State has 30 days to verify that 10,000 of the 16,000 are valid. Upon verification, the LPAR will be a recognized political party in Arkansas and will therefore be able to run candidates in the 2014 elections....

"According to Richard Winger of the Ballot Access News, 'The ballot access barriers for Republicans and Democrats are nothing compared to the hurdles faced by other candidates. The ballot access laws for new and minor parties to get on the ballot for Congress are so tough, that not since 1920 has any third party been able to place candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives on the ballot in even half of the districts.'"

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