The Coastal Post - July, 1996

Libertarian Party Ballot In 33 States

The Libertarian Party solidified its double-digit lead over all other third-party rivals this week by qualifying to be on the ballot in three more states—boosting its total to 33 states.

Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Maine officials certified that the required number of signatures were submitted to earn the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate a spot on the ballot in the November election.

Meanwhile, the Libertarian Party's third-party challengers continue to lag behind.

As of this week, the U.S. Taxpayer's Party is on the ballot in just 19 states; the Natural Law Party in 22 states, the Green Party in seven states, and the Reform Party in 22 states.

"The Libertarian Party's speed in getting on 33 state ballots demonstrates our grassroots strength and broad-based appeal," said Libertarian Party National Director Perry Willis.

When the Libertarian Party achieves its goal of 50-state ballot status sometime in mid-August, it will become the first third party in American history to get on all 50 state ballots for two presidential elections in a row.

The party will select a presidential candidate at its 1996 National Convention in Washington, DC, July 4th to 7th, at the Hyatt Capitol Hill hotel.

The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party. There are more than 123,000 registered Libertarians in 28 states, and over 170 Libertarians serving in public office.