Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Registered Libertarians in Nevada grow to 14K

Growing number of Nevada voters eschews 2-party system | Brookville Times - Caroline Biscotti:

July 15, 2018 - "Tens of thousands more voters were registered as neither Democrat or Republican this midterm election compared with 2014, with most of that growth coming from Libertarians....

"A slew of ideological differences separate candidates and voters outside the two-party system, but in the November general election, those ballots could tip the scales for Republican or Democratic candidates....

"Members of the Libertarian Party of Nevada make up roughly 1 percent of active registered voters and only slightly outnumber the nearly 14,000 active voters identified as 'other' in Nevada as of May, but have seen consistent growth in all four of Nevada’s congressional districts since 2014.

"The Libertarian party does not hold a primary to determine its November candidates. They held local and state conventions earlier in the year when dues-paying members voted on the names that will appear on the general election ballot ... said party spokesman Sam Toll.... Toll, who joined the party in 2016, said he would be in favor of opening the voting up. He also said the state’s primary system should be open to nonpartisan voters.

"New Libertarians are generally younger and more diverse, Toll said, with some growth coming from voters who are increasingly turned off by Republicans and Democrats.

"'We’re going to take advantage of this opportunity that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dropped in our laps in the 2016 election,' he said. 'We’re really focusing on being inclusive.'

"Libertarians have been working to create a party infrastructure to help candidates and nominate people who talk about relatable issues like health care, said Steve Brown, Clark County Libertarian Party chairman and 3rd Congressional District candidate. He said 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson broke the party’s vote record.

"Brown and Toll said the party is moving away from candidates who focus on niche debates that most voters don’t identify with and toward people who focus on kitchen-table issues.

"''The difference between 2016 and 2018 is the difference between night and day,' Brown said. 'We are so far ahead of where we were as a party two years ago.'"

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