LIBERTARIAN BALLOT ACCESS Libertarian Party Gains Ballot Access Based On Gubernatorial Candidate's Finish
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 8, 2012 11:50 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 8, 2012 12:00 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The Libertarian Party has gained ballot access for 2014 and 2016 based on David Moran's performance in the gubernatorial race.
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said in a news release Thursday that Moran received about 1.3 percent of the vote. To gain ballot access in West Virginia, a party's candidate must receive 1 percent of the total ballots cast in the race for governor. Ballot access means for an election other than municipal elections, a Libertarian candidate will not have to collect signatures to be placed on the general election ballot.
The Libertarian Party will be able to choose its candidates either in a a primary election or by a party convention. Becoming an official political party also means a person cannot run as a primary candidate if he or she were registered as a member of one of the other official political parties within 60 days of filing to run. People registered with no party affiliation, independent, or any other registration other than the official four parties are not subject to that law.
While the results of the general election still must be canvassed, it is unlikely Moran will drop below the 1 percent threshold, Tennant said.