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Ballot access, or the ability to run candidates, is mission critical for a political party. To maintain ballot access permanently we must have 35,000 people (1% of the electorate as specified in the law plus a little wiggle room) registered Libertarian. While we build towards that goal, we need to collect 10,000 valid petition signatures every four years; we extended ballot access through December 31, 2014 after winning a court decision in June 2011. The Board of Elections appealed the case and the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed that decision on May 21, 2012.
Bob Johnston turned in 5,636 raw petition signatures on 8/6/2012 (the state's deadline). The BoE validated 3,879 of those, bringing our total to 11,113 valid signatures -- We are back on the ballot through December 2014!
The petition ballot access drive is complete!
If you want to help, please:
The dedicated activist will want to get a clipboard or three (foam boards and rubber bands work too), print out
Your rapid and dutiful assistance with ballot access - helping to pay off the "ballot access tax" permanently - will ensure that parallel efforts in building the infrastructure to support successful campaigns and attracting, recruiting and training quality candidates can have our full attention from 2011 to 2014 and beyond.
collect petition signatures;
- register Libertarian;
- register others Libertarian; and
- contribute otherwise.
a stack of petitions, registration forms, registration handouts and membership/information forms (you'll find all of these on this page), be equipped with a good pair of shoes, a water bottle, weather appropriate clothing plus sunscreen if needed. After carefully studying the petition instructions go find people and ask if they are registered voters in the State of Maryland. If they are, ask them to sign the petition. If they aren't registered, or after they have signed the petition, ask people to register Libertarian to help you out for ballot access. After they register give them the handout. If you get someone really interested, have them fill out the membership/information form, too.
We are done petitioning for now.
Please download the voter registration application and register Libertarian. Return it to the address below.
Better yet, that state webpage now permits online registration.
If you are willing to register others, you should contact your local election board and take the Voter Registration Volunteer training or get involved with your local county or campus organization for training and to locate outreach events where you can register others.
Regardless, you should ask your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to register Libertarian "to help keep a third party on the ballot." You may want to lead with asking them to sign the petition first (it's an easier sell) above... You can give out this registration handout to people you register, which explains how we will use their information.
It is vitally important that with any registration you get that you:
If they write "more info" we will send them mailings to join, volunteer etc. If they write "reg only" for registration only, we will at most (and maybe not even then) send them a letter before every primary letting them know how they can participate in the convention(s) to select Libertarian Party candidates. As we purchase voter registration lists and solicit to them, it is important to track the "reg only" folks so that we do not mail to them inappropriately when they show up as new registrants.
- ask them to write "more info" or "reg only" on the top, and
- send it to the address below - NOT to the local Board of Elections.
Please join the Libertarian Party of Maryland. You can also indicate your volunteer and political interests and contribute for ballot access using the form below. Please ask others with an interest to join while you are petitioning and registering people.
Additionally, you can volunteer for support tasks: validating petitions, helping with mailings, transportation, hosting out-of-state petitioners - maybe you want to take on volunteer coordination?
Send it in...
Send your memberships, contributions, and registrations here:
Libertarian Party of Maryland
PO Box 176
Abingdon, MD 21009-0176
All documents for download referred to on this page: